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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1956 - File 008. 1956-01. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 13, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/209/show/147.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1956
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. V, No. 1, January 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 008
Transcript "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 his district. 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 Page 6 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. GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP 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 ment? 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 mpi I le nver the elbe w hi el,I eeiel ' le national wealth owned by nment, exclusive of land. Facts Forum News, Januotm
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