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Government fights the Clap with a Ponzi Scheme Vintage Sleaze

The word "syphilis" could not be spoken on the radio in 1937, which made spreading the word about the disease far harder than spreading the disease itself (which seemed to know nothing about states rights or state lines.)

The Venereal Disease Control Act was passed by Congress in 1938. The program expanded work begun in 1935 with funds made available under the Social Security Act.

There has been no response from the Governor Rick Perry campaign how fighting venereal diseases amounts to a Ponzi Scheme.

Original Press Photograph US Public Health Service poster 1937 Collection Victor Minx