Quote – Al Smith (D), future governor of New York and Factory vice chairman of the Factory Investigating Commission. Date not available.

I can’t see what all this talk is about. How is it wrong for the State to intervene with regard to the working conditions of people who work in the factories and mills. I don’t see what they mean. What did we set up the government for?

Madam Secretary, Frances Perkins. George Whitney Martin. Houghton Mifflin: New York. 1983. p. 120.