Jack Delano/LIbrary of Congress
Profiles: Phyllis Lenhard
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
Back in the '30s, they had more or less an adjustment in a system. Here, one doesn’t know from the other what they’re doing. I mean, there’s no answers. We had answers, and they took good care of people back in the '30s. If you were hungry, you went over and you got stamps. They gave out stamps. Here and now, you have to look out for other people to donate and it's charity. And people who have worked all their lives, it’s embarrassing for them that they have to accept charity.
Many times you’d find people out on the street, and they were begging for food. They were sitting there, and many of them were even veterans from the other war. We had what they called welfare so they could get food stamps and go up there and get whatever they had to buy at the stores. Today it’s charity, and the government is sitting back, and they’re putting clamps on everything that other people need for their families. And that’s not right.
He (Roosevelt) accomplished something when it came to Social Security. This is something that the people can use today for medicine, for their expenses at home and raising a family. And if it wasn’t for that, what would the United States government do for the people today?
Interview by Michael Lawson