"Those of us who enjoy the privilege of voting may help, once or twice a year, to decide how the tariff, or the currency, or the local tax rate shall be adjusted to our industries. But all of us, all the time, are deciding by our expenditures what industries shall survive at all, and under what conditions. Broadly stated, it is the aim of the National Consumers' League to moralize this decision, to gather and make available information which may enable all to decide in the light of knowledge, and to appeal to the conscience, so that the decision when made shall be a righteous one." Free food storage and distribution center should hit every available source of free food-produce markets, farmers [sic] markets, meat packing plants, farms, dairies, sheep and cattle ranches, agricultural colleges, and giant institutions (for the uneaten vats of food)-and fill up their trucks with the surplus by begging, borrowing, stealing, forming liaisons and communications with delivery drivers for the left-overs from their routes. . . . the afternoon shift delivers it to the list of Free Families and the poor peoples of the ghettoes. . . . Free city stores and workshops . . . . Everything groovy. . . . It's all free because it's yours!" "By 1970s, when the Polks bought their house, the federal government had begun making it easier for the less well off to buy homes. But, Adair says, reform was too often reflexive, rather than measured, and that brought a new set of problems. By the nineteen-nineties, the government had all but mandated that more loans be made to people once considered too risky. Some lenders were eager to venture into the untapped marketplace, and property values (and profits) soared. . . . People who once found it too difficult to get loans, because of where they lived, and who they were, now found it almost too easy." "If, despite the nameless desperation of so many American housewives, despite the opportunities open to all women now, so few have any purpose in life other than to be a wife and mother, somebody, something pretty powerful must be at work. . . . Properly manipulated . . . American housewives can be given the sense of identity, purpose, creativity, the self-realization, even the sexual joy they lack—by the buying of things. I suddenly realized the significance of the boast that women wield seventy-five percent of the purchasing power in America. I suddenly saw American women as victims of that ghastly gift, that power at the point of purchase."