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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1955 - File 003. 1955-03. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 29, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/769/show/702.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date March 1955
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. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript No. 3 'o pay or not to pay, that is the question that has but one answer— a" must pay. Dan Smoot weighs the points for and against the f-'uvernment's power to lux. INCOME TAX AMENDMENT Fat" 2' t .31 :il : I I .1' < < r shoulel the Income Tax Amendment '"' repealed? As usual, let's answer the question Irom two opposite points of view — taking first ihe arguments of some wuo say "Yes." IJ'ioni: the Income Tax \mendmenl P,Waa adopted in 1913, the American ''"'fill government was different from y other government ever created. , "ow, there was nothing new or dif- ere"t in the idea of democracy. I |j|s" idea eef democracy (that is, that People elect their own rulers) is quite Old — olrlnr :.. r....e ., i... :.i r -older, in fact, than the idea "ov<'mment by a k "emocrae of king. "iiacy in ils purest form had j'1'1' tried out in ancient Greece, before eJ«h of Christ.' a 'he Western world had had a vasl j "nt of experience with democracy '"<- thc American Revolution was j"* 'ought, and had discovered lhat "jocracy never produces freedom. ^''ernocraiN always ends in the most y""^ and terrible kind of tyranny. he people who established the Vmer "■an government |^,, thai de I , e5«vcrnmenl knew inai democracy j, "ever enable',I people lo govern Belves in a free and orderly society but tl,,. \ ■ .._•____'. .... ,f Sover the American experiment in sclf- "rnent was a miraculous success. REPUBLIC—NOT DEMOCRACY ideal t ^''^ '!''' America achieve the I'ro ° ." r('IT- self-government, material ra '".r"v- ami freedom, when democ- lo I ' '""light none of these things hie,, ' "r""p of people before in him,an '■'■ails use ih. er,.. '". "' nol create a democracy. They In ,a f(''','ra' republic." "ati rei m ' " democracy, the pow jnt ls unlimited. "'ai',,;',.'1''""" '•"■>'■ if 1|" who founded ■r of govern rulers deci "^ii,"i"V' '"""'"' °"ghl i" seize private '"dustries and place them in tl ii, &. "f politicians '•"" did decid c"si0n VVif "f .1 In a as the rulers , decide in 1948 lhat d !ecomes law, because it is tl lected rulers. il,. ai deill ocracy, if ihe- rulers decide n economic group should n masse as Stalin did e Russian Kulaks that law bee a,is el, ''."•'I"..,. I Wi,ri0n become, |„ ,""' elected rulers. ""'I'n. however, the govern- Ihe »ACTS incut's power over ils own people was strictly limited. The Constitution specifically denied the federal government all of the dangerous powers of government over the lives of individual citizens.'1 The most important constitutional limitati n the power of the federal governmenl was the taxing power. The Founding Fathers knew that if the federal governmenl had unchecked power to levy taxes ii could destroy all the freedoms which the Constitution sought to protect, because, as the great Chief Justice John Marshall said, the power le, tax is the power to destroy.4 That original constitutional limitation on the taxing power eef the federal governmenl was the one thing (the only thing) which fundamentally distinguished the Anieri,-an system of governmenl from the so-called democracies ol the old world and of Latin America. CONVERTED AMERICAN SYSTEM And then, in 1913, the American people, lex adopting the Sixteenth, or Income Tax, Amendment, unwittingl) destroyed the old American system and converted il into the kind of democracy which has always, in the end, led to ruin, degradation, and slavery.8 In 1913. before the federal government acquired its unlimited power to lax. the federal government owed less than one billion dollars. Today, the federal government owes over 275 billion dollars, and the Presidenl is asking Congress to raise the debt limit so that we can owe some more.6 This nation today is mortgaged to lln hill. Our present federal debt is equivalent to the total value of all tangible property in the United States-— mines, mills, homes, automobiles, factories, buildings, railroads, everything. Before the Sixteenth, or Income Tax. Amendment was adopted in 1913, Amer- ica was immune lo lhe European disease of socialism, because politicians could not promise voting blocs son,,-thing which was to be paid for by someone ,-lse. They could nol buy my vote by promising me a pension or a subsidized house, because they couldn't take money out of your salary check to pay for it.7 The American people, by and large, did not begin to see or even suspect the terrible consequences of the income FORTJ M NEWS, Ma .V P^a^atBHK .HrVWl .■■■ —Wide World Photo Clerks work on incoming mail at Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C., and find 60 per cent of the mail received contains orders for a new tax booklet sold by the government. Note mail sacks at back of room. Page 1 i*
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