"Many heads ore better than one."
Congressman Alger, with his assistant,
Frank Crowley, tabulates replies to a questionnaire sent to all poll tax holders in
Ill's. The legislation coming through
them and their committees is still of that
philosophy. I was under the impression
that Congress bad a newer look.
Through many experiences in Ceen
gress, some surprising, even irregular, I
practiced my belief that an "informed
electorate makes for better government.
To that end I sent a weekl) newsletter
let llie newspapers and to a select mailing
list of those constituents requesting it.
I hen I sent a questionnaire to all poll
tax holders tn accomplish several objectives. 1 wanted to learn more about mv
constituents' views encourage their
taking part in government ami give' them
a further understanding of the' main eunl
complicated issues faring us today, eunl
e>f their congressman who must vote yes
"i em — nnt *'\es. but" or ''no. but."
I be answers to thc questionnaire anil
the accompanying letters gene me an interesting knowledge "f views from home
and proved again that — "'main heads
are- better them one." \ weekly radio
broadcast and occasional television
shorts were sent home, too. Incoming
mail express,.el home-tow nci s' appreciation in being further informed.
WHO'S FOR THE "LITTLE MAN"?
In witnessing legislative debate and
studying lhe hills. | was reminded again
id the ideological battle going mi in the
world and in our country between economic freedom, known as Free Enterprise, and sue iedism in its varying degrees, and sometimes known l.v other
names, such as planned economy. This
reminds me "I some definitions of various forms of government:
Under Free Enterprise, tlie- government
steadies tin' ladder eel.il.. you endeavor in
climb as far as you're aide—
Under Socialism, the government offers
VOU 3 leiel.IeT without nill»s —
I ri'lei Communism, you are permitted
to climb, then tllf leulele-r is jerked out
From under you, iereike-n up, and you are
beaten with the pieces.
I heard much about solicitude for the
"little man." from a few impassioned
speakers but thev never explained what
they'd done to the "little man" over th.'
years of '"tax, tax. spend, spend, elect,
elect." They didn't mention how they'd
decreased income tax exemption from
$2,500 in 1933 I.. $1,000 in 1948 per
couple, so tbat tbe lowest tax rate went
from 4 per cent to 22 per cent in their
"broadened base" operation. They never
dwelt .ui the billieeiis spenl beyond income during tbat period which watered
the "little man's" Inning power through
inflation. So I wondered if they knew
how ridiculous were their protestations
■ if c ein for the "little man." I even
heard these interesting facts which
should bear investigation - that in 41
years eel income tax histor) then' have'
heen 13 tax increases under Democrats,
onh two under Republicans — there has
heen one tax reduction under Democrats
and HI tax reductions under Republicans. So. who's for lhe "little man ? \-
I sat there I remembered the 80th Congress, with a Republican majority, which
balanced the budget, reduced the national debt, and cut taxes, proving it
could he done. I dreamt that wc mighl
eh. it again anil knew I'd strive mightily
to accomplish it.
Then came a bill to elis|ieese eef twenty-
live government-owned rubber plants. It
startled me t" learn that the' government
was in business to such a large extent.
I learned the governmenl is in over
twenty-five hundred different businesses
in competition with private industry. Is
business operation on taxpayers' mone*.
the function of government ? AnVp
voted to sell the plants lor 27'' i
tit an increase of ten million
over what the government had ill
and to get them off the taxpa) era
making them pen teixi's like- a
business. To mv consternation
hue and cry about "give-away
those who think government shell
iti business. I do not compreho]
reasoning in our societ).
Then in another bill the TV \ '
lllole Illnlli'V lee hllllel el -ll'ellll |'|
generate electricity for the 1*1
hundred miles from the- Tennessl
ley, at ei cosl "f 6.5 million dollal
I nelc Sam should be genei eiliiigj
tricitv I don't know, particularly^
cents on the dollar, the other 11 a Iff
paid leu b) taxpayers. For that '
win should llie TVA manufactfj
tilizer? Is this ;i function
I.aiel 1 stllelied tlle HoOVCT C\
sion repent, putting in senne' 17
implement the findings I weis
indeed to learn that lhe federal
menl om ns one-fourth of all I .
erty, including 2.5 billion squart]
office space, equivalent in 1.250 T
State Buildings — with no centra]
ton management or control. I"'
terested in real estate eunl now '
erniueiil operation, lliis burl-.
Then came lhe new minimi"1!
proposed and et two-day debate. '
ing the simple' questions of ei n'',l
I learneil lhal semie members **f ? '
I ■ I ■ ,„ am:
sure win we were considering -"'
lation. Final!) an elder statesn**T
wet- iii the committee showed ^' t
bearings in which it w as dele
the interstate commerce provision' .
Constitution was the reason f"rr
consideration. Whim askeel to del
national wealth owned by
nment, exclusive of land.
Facts Forum News, Januotm