We think the senator has something. As he puts it, “Every woman is entitled to one mistake, but when you have a woman casting aside her second or third husband, you find she is doing it because she is seeking a better, bargain, in, the form of larger alimony allowances. … You will invariably find that each succeeding male is wealthier than his, predecessor, and consequently a better contributor to the alimony-racket.”
Though Senator Coughlin is, perhaps, a little eloquent and a little sweeping and overincluslve in a part of his statements there is a great deal in what he says.
Alimony has its proper place in the adjustment of domestic schisms. Some women are entitled to it as a matter of common right, common justice and in the interest of public morality.
But the alimony racket which the Senator excoriates is different matter. It is of a piece with the breach of promise and alienation of affections rackets now outlawed in several states, including Michigan.
As sometimes worked. It is about on a plane with cold-blooded, sordid and carefully planned robbery.
It seems to us that Senator Coughlin has aimed a shrewd blow at an evil abuse.
[“After Alimony Racketeers,” From Detroit Free Press, The Pampa News (Tx.), Mar. 31, 1940, p. 15]