Uncle Sam's Broken Back
The Mississippi Valley is the backbone of the economic structure popularly known as Uncle Sam. Every time flood waters break out of bounds and sweep destruction in their new-made path to the ocean, Uncle Sam, for the time-being, is in much the same position as a man with a broken backbone. Not only are millions of dollars in damage done, but the buying power of the Valley is impaired. Thus control of the flood-making condition is of vital interest to Iowa, or any other great section that has something to sell. Control of floods in the Mississippi Valley is a national question and not a local one.