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Newer approach to old regulations?Posted Thursday, March 11, 2010, at 11:23 AM
I was putting together Tuesday's Picturing the Past blog and noticed a NRA -- National Recovery Administration -- poster in a store window within a 1933 photo. I'd heard of the NRA, probably studied it in school history classes, but had never really read up on it.
The NRA of the 1930s, intended to help the nation recover from the Depression, involved setting "codes of fair competition" and agreements with industries to regulate work hours, wages and prices.
The Supreme Court unanimously declared the NRA unconstitutional in 1935, saying Congress had tried to grab too much power and control.
Compare the NRA with today's Obama administration and its views toward more control over business, such as higher taxes and health insurance demands. Democrats are usually behind efforts to change such things as the NRA was intended to affect. And I do think wage and hour laws for industries serve as protection for workers.
But reading about the NRA reminded me of the ongoing pro vs. negative business disputes in Washington. Does the NRA live on, but in a different manner?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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