Posts Tagged ‘Taxes’

To My Dog, Jowler

May 14, 2012

To My Dog Jowler,

Jowler, they’ve taxed you, honest friend;
Assessed you, put you in the roll;
To exile every dog they send —
Unless some friend will pay his poll.

By all that’s good, the rascals meant
Betwixt us two to breed a strife,
And drive you into punishment,
Or bribe your friend to take your life.

But, Jowler, don’t you be alarmed!
If politicians do neglect you,
Confound your tax! you shan’t be harmed,
I know your worth, and I’ll protect you!

But taxes, by the Constitution,
Convey the right to represent;
So dogs, by this same resolution,
Might just as well as men be sent.

Now, dogs and men, and voters hear,
That Jowler’s put in nomination
To go upon the coming year,
And aid in public legislation.

Jowler, beware of demagogues,
Keep clear of the minority;
Take care to smell of other dogs,
And vote with the majority.

Hornellsville Tribune (Hornellsville, New York) May 22, 1862

Chickens Everywhere but in the Pot

May 2, 2012

Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Fresno Bee Republican (Fresno, California) Apr 4, 1932

Then and Now:  What Happened to the Chickens?

Fresno Bee Republican (Fresno, California) Jul 5, 1932

Which Chicken Shall I Drive Today?

Fresno Bee Republican (Fresno, California) Jul 7, 1932

U.S. Debt, Taxes and Timber

April 11, 2012

Let Us Consider for a Moment, the U.S.Public Debt…

The Daily News (Huntingdon, Pennsylvania) Jun 22, 1937

Heavy, Heavy Hangs the Possibility of New Taxation

The Daily News (Huntingdon, Pennsylvania) Jun 22, 1935

In the Woods — Presidential Timber

The Daily News (Huntingdon, Pennsylvania) Apr 10, 1935

Easter Parade

April 4, 2012

Gold Braid is Coming Back in Europe

American Farmers are Wearing a Heavy Coat of Dust

International Diplomats May Wear Track Suits


Daily News ( Huntingdon, Pennsylvania) Apr 16, 1935

A National Game of Blind Man’s Buff

December 12, 2011

By Arthur Brisbane

It Shows a National Game of “Blind Man’s Buff,” American Business Blindfolded

AS HE WORKED at his pictures, not in isolation but in a room with other artists, where young office boys might watch and study his methods, Winsor McCay would look up occasionally to ask with ingenuous sincerity, whoever might be near him: “There, do you think that is PLAIN enough?”

His desire above all was to make his meaning clear, plain. He succeeded in doing so in this as in so many other pictures.

*     *     *

A drawing by Winsor McCay calls for little comment, except that which takes form in the brain of him who studies the picture.

Winsor McCay has certainly made this picture “plain.” Business men will not miss its meaning.

*     *     *

Mr. McCay did not outline this picture in any spirit of criticism or final judgment. He endeavored to show the business intelligence and enterprise that have created this country’s industries, its commerce and prosperity, as they are NOW.

There are various opinions of what we call “American Big Business.” But there cannot be two opinions as to the work that Big Business has done. It has created the factories, the mills, the railroads, the new industrial ideas and methods and [the payrolls] of America. Selfishly, if you like, mistakenly, with unwise methods sometimes, but it has created them.

Business, like a man blindfolded, in the game of “Blind Man’s Buff,” with many little children around him, groping with hands spread out, wondering just where he is and in what direction he is going.

The gnome-like creatures that surround him are all the creation of the New Era, chief among them, little, busy NRA. These little creatures under the direction of college professors, some of whom, perhaps know less about business than those who CREATE the business, have made the rules of this new “Blind Man’s Buff” game that American Business must play, doing the best it can.

The little gnomes have not only written new rules for the game, they have also invented new taxes to pay the expenses of the game, and the big blindfolded individual must simultaneously play the game under the new rules and find the money to pay the new taxes.

It is not an easy game for him, as yet.

*     *     *

The object of the game, as in old-fashioned “Blind Man’s Buff,” is to seize and identify one of the players, giving that player’s name correctly, without removing the bandage on the eyes, or “cheating” by peeking.

American Business and Industry would have no difficulty in identifying the lady that they are seeking, if once she were firmly held, but at present the blinded giant is walking in the wrong direction, that which he seeks behind him.

Perhaps he will turn soon, seize and hold the handsome lady, and make us all happy, while the little gnomes and their professorial papas dance and sing in a ring.

But that hasn’t happened yet.

*     *     *

After sketching in pencil, the picture which Mr. Powers later finished in ink, in a style quite different from that of Mr. McCay, the latter commented, according to his custom, on the work in hand:

“You know how foolish a man feels when his eyes are blindfolded. Even when one of your children steps up, puts both hands over your eyes, and says: ‘Guess who?’ you feel that the world has suddenly changed. The world is what we see and, without sight, nothing is real.

“My business is making pictures, and I don’t pretend to judge the New Era, the professors or the new theories. But I do know that many business men feel as if they have been suddenly blindfolded, that they no longer can control their business direction or their own movements.

“Perhaps they were going too fast in the wrong direction, perhaps they need to be blindfolded for a while. I don’t know.

“But I do know as a maker of pictures that it would be difficult for me to get ahead in my line if somebody fastened a handkerchief around my eyes.

“And I know that some of the ablest business men in the United States today feel as I should feel if blindfolded.”

*     *     *

Many able Americans, trying to comply with all the orders of these little gnomes and at the same time to meet their payrolls, will say “Amen” to Mr. McCay’s words, and agree heartily with the thought expressed in this, his LAST PICTURE.

Hamilton Daily News Journal (Hamilton, Ohio) Aug 18, 1934

More of the “White Man’s Burden”

November 7, 2011

Another collection of the “White Man’s Burden” from various papers and time periods.

Image from the book cover of A Prairie Populist on the Iowa Research Online website


Populist Delegate Holds Their Baby While His Wife Lobbies.

CINCINNATI, May 8. — Mrs. Luna E. Kelli is one of the most active among the delegates and lobbyists gathering here for the anit-fusion populist national convention. In the near vicinity can usually be seen her husband carrying “the white man’s burden” — in this case their infant.

Mrs. Kelli, who is the editor of the Prairie Home at Hartwell, Neb., is here as a delegate both to the Reform Press association and the populist convention. Her husband is also a delegate to the latter body. At home he is a tiller of the soil.

Mrs. Kelli is particularly active in urging the adoption of a universal suffrage plank, and her husband gives hourly proof that he is assisting her in attaining her desire.

Fort Wayne News (Fort Wayne, Indiana) May 8, 1900


Practically every western state is facing for this year the greatest tax bill on record. In many instances, the tax has been doubled and trebled in the past six years.

Industry will be called upon to pay this burden and there is no way to get out of it, for the bill has been contracted.

The people are largely to blame for the present state of affairs and they will get no relief until by their voice expressed at elections they have the courage to demand tax reduction and to hold public officials to campaign pledges for economy.

Further, the citizen must get out and vote for men and measures which guarantee economy. If this is not done our tax burdens will grow until it will take special deputies to hunt down individuals and confiscate their property, if they have any, to meet the tax bills. This is not an exaggerated picture.

That the power to tax is the power to destroy has been already well illustrated and taxation today is the greatest single item which prevents and will prevent a return to pre-war conditions. Inasmuch as we have an enormous war tax bill to pay in addition to our other taxes, it is all the more necessary that a reduction in local taxrolls be demanded and secured.

Ada Weekly News (Ada, Oklahoma) Jul 28, 1921


(By Associated Press)

NEW YORK, April 16. — Responsibility for righting the wrongs of the world rests with the people of the United States and Canada, Hanford MacNider, United States Minister to Canada, declared tonight, addressing the annual banquet of the Prudential Insurance Company of America.

“Whether we want the responsibility or not,” he said, “or whether the older countries have any desire to turn their eyes in our direction, it is from the North American Continent that the first move will be expected to right world affairs when they become complicated or confuses.”

San Antonio Express (San Antonio, Texas) Apr 17, 1931


France has taken possession of seven islands off the Philippines, with the secret approval of the United States.

This country has lost interest in that part of the world, inasmuch as the Philippines are to be given their freedom, if they so desire.

The United States preferred to have French occupy the islands rather than the Japanese.

From now on the French will be called upon to carry the white man’s burden in that region.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Jul 30, 1933


The despatch boats Astrolabe and Alerte that planted the French flag on Tempest, Loaita, Itu Aba, Thi-Tu and Twin Islands and Amboyne coral reef found inhabitants on only two, Thi-Tu and Twin Islands.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Aug 4, 1933


The mystery of Italy’s African policy seems to be at least partly explained in the latest statement from the government’s colonial department at Rome.

Under-secretary Allesandro Lessona says:

The Ethiopian situation is a problem of vast importance, embracing the whole European civilizing mission, not merely security for our own lands.”

Americans have not been able to see, from any facts provided by the Italian government, that lawful Italian interests were really threatened in Africa.

The Ethiopian government has seemed eager to settle on any fair basis the trivial boundary dispute that Italy makes so much fuss about. But now the situation begins to clear up. Europe has a “civilizing mission” in Africa, and must make life in that dark continent as “secure” as it is in Europe.

If the Ethiopians have a sense of humor, they must laugh as they read that.

Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana) May 11, 1935


The Indians of California are on the war path again.

It’s not scalps they’re after, this time, nor are they mobilizing to repulse a new invasion of “pale faces.” They are aroused because a law they pushed through Congress at the recent session was vetoed.

The law was an amendment to an act approved in 1928, which authorized the Indians to sue the U.S. for pay for lands, goods, and other benefits promised in the “Eighteen Lost Treaties” negotiated in 1851 and 1852. It would have made possible suits totalling $35,000,000 instead of just ten or twelve millions, as in now the case.

Of course the Indians are not trying to get back the land itself. But, in view of the hazards of land-owning these days, it might be a break for white men if they did. There is the continual struggle against droughts, insects, weeds and taxes. And now there is this new threat in California to try to support the whole State treasury by a tax on land alone — the Single Tax.

Although such was what Kipling meant by the phrase, nevertheless land seems to be qualifying as the real “White Man’s Burden.” And if this latest tax blow falls on land, we might just as well give it back to the Indians to let it become the Red Man’s Burden.

Arcadia Tribune (Arcadia, California) Jul 20, 1936


President Truman has announced that he is considering asking congress for legislation to permit the entry of European refugees — including Jews — to the United States.

How congress will react to this is a matter for speculation, but it is to be hoped that it will be rejected.

From a humanitarian standpoint we will admit that the victims of the World War should be assisted, but it should be in a way of repatriation rather than absorption.

Not so long ago we had an acute unemployment problem in this country, and it is not impossible that it should recur. What it would be if millions of Europeans were received into this country, no one can foretell. It would certainly require more than a glorified WPA, for most of the refugees would be penniless, and would have to  be provided with housing and maintenance until they could become established.

In view of the disturbance which is now in progress in Palestine, it would seem that the admission of Jews would be taking on a problem with which Great Britain has been unable to cope. We might be inviting an explosive situation such as is now besetting the Holy Land.

Somehow Uncle Sam has fallen heir to a large proportion of the white man’s burden of the entire world. We not only financed and furnished munitions and material for our allies in the late war, but have since made them loans, and now the President proposes to adopt all the unfortunates of war-torn Europe.

If the people of the United States are not to be brought to the economic level of Chinese collies, they will have to demand that Uncle Sam quit playing the role of Santa Claus.

Daily Inter Lake (Kalispell, Montana) Aug 17, 1946

J.A. Livingston
Three Major Crises For John Kennedy


Next week, Secretary of the Treasury Anderson will personally ask Chancellor Adenauer, of West Germany to assume more of the “white man’s” burden and, thus, relieve the drain on U.S. gold. The central bank of West Germany has reduced its discount rate from 5 per cent to 4 per cent in order to discourage the flow of investment funds from the U.S.

2. The new president will have to decide whether the nation is in a recession or recovery is just around the corner. More than 5,000,000 persons will be out of jobs when Kennedy assumes office. Then outdoor work on farms, construction, and the railroads will be at a seasonal low. As many as seven persons out of every hundred may be seeking work.

Mr. Kennedy, therefore, will have to decide whether to cut taxes to stimulate retail sales (see chart), or initiate hurried public works to provide jobs, or both. Such expansionary efforts will unbalance the budget and aggravate international worry about:

3. The soundness of the dollar. Even the richest nation in the world can bite off more economics than it can handle. In recent post-war years, high defense outlays, aid to under-developed nations, and federal social undertakings have overreached taxes. Collectively, as well as individually, Americans have been living on the installment plan.

Big Spring Daily Herald (Big Spring, Texas) Nov 13, 1960


Previous White Man’s Burden post.

Life Story of a Tax Bill

October 12, 2011

Well, here I am, a nice new tax bill that the committee’s worked so hard on! I oughta make a hit!

So this is the house! — Hey! Who threw that? Help! Murder! — They’re pulling me to pieces!

Maybe these Senators’ll treat me better! — No, this is just as bad! — They’re jumping all over me!

I’ll try the Secretary of the Treasury! — What? Even HE treats me rough, and I’m giving him a billion dollars!

Now, to pass the President’s inspection! Oh, gee! He’s frowning, but, thanks be! — He’s signing!

Gosh! Here is is, all over again! Now I’ve got 100,000,000 people kicking me around!


Dunkirk Evening Observer (Dunkirk, New York) Apr 12, 1932

Riding the Rail

September 21, 2011

Image from the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. website.



The following we clip from one of our Exchanges, and is excellent in its way. We hope “one of the Lobby,” will try his hand on some of the other “mania’s.”

“The age of chivalry is past,”
Says Burke; the railroad age
Has dawned upon the world at last —
Railroads are all the rage.

The iron horse is soon to pant
Along Superior’s shore —
The rattle of the rushing car
To mingle with its roar;

The far off swamps and lakes, which feed
The father of the Floods,
Where but a stripping rivulet
He winds through pathless woods;

The sandy bluffs about La Crosse;
St. Croix — still farther on;
Oconto’s piny solitudes;
The “plains of Marathon;”

And myriad places more which now Are all unknown to fame,
Waupacca and Packwaukee, and
Full many a lengthy name —
Sweet sounding or cacophonous,
To us is all the same —
Are soon to hear his angry snort,
And see his breath of flame —
That is, if one road’s built for ten
Of the charters which men frame.

But old and young, and rich and poor
This mania controls,
From him who strives our souls to mend,
To him who mends our souls.

The men who mix in politics,
With one accord avow,
They find no motives pay as well
As loco motives now.

All native modesty has fled
Its loss we well may wail,
When poets own, without a blush,
They’ve ridden on the rail. *

Whilome, when one indulged in drink
Until it crazed his brain,
Men said that he was drunk, but now —
He’s only on a train.

How long a state of things like this
Is likely to endure,
Is hard to say — but there’s one thing
That’s tolerably sure;

Which is, if passing Railroad bills,
Or talking aught avails,
We soon shall travel — as you know
Folks did here; some few years ago —
Entirely on T rails.

Madison, Feb. 16.
* See poems by J.G. SAXE, who openly declares that it’s “pleasant Riding on the rail.”

Democratic State Register (Watertown, Wisconsin) Mar 14, 1853

Image from Strangers to Us All: Lawyers and

From the SAXE biography on Wikipedia:

In 1875 he suffered head injuries in a rail accident near Wheeling, West Virginia, from which he never fully recovered….

From The Other Pages website:

Rhyme of the Rail

SINGING through the forests,
Rattling over ridges,
Shooting under arches,
Rumbling over bridges,
Whizzing through the mountains,
Buzzing o’er the vale,–
Bless me! this is pleasant,
Riding on the Rail!

Men of different “stations”
In the eye of Fame
Here are very quickly
Coming to the same.
High and lowly people,
Birds of every feather,
On a common level
Traveling together!

Gentleman in shorts,
Looming very tall;
Gentleman at large,
Talking very small;
Gentleman in tights,
With a loose-ish mien;
Gentleman in gray,
Looking rather green.

Gentleman quite old,
Asking for the news;
Gentleman in black,
In a fit of blues;
Gentleman in claret,
Sober as a vicar;
Gentleman in Tweed,
Dreadfully in liquor!

Stranger on the right,
Looking very sunny,
Obviously reading
Something rather funny.
Now the smiles are thicker,
Wonder what they mean?
Faith, he’s got the KNICKER-
BOCKER Magazine!

Stranger on the left,
Closing up his peepers;
Now he snores amain,
Like the Seven Sleepers;
At his feet a volume
Gives the explanation,
How the man grew stupid
From “Association”!

Ancient maiden lady
Anxiously remarks,
That there must be peril
‘Mong so many sparks!
Roguish-looking fellow,
Turning to the stranger,
Says it’s his opinion
She is out of danger!

Woman with her baby,
Sitting vis-a-vis;
Baby keeps a squalling;
Woman looks at me;
Asks about the distance,
Says it’s tiresome talking,
Noises of the cars
Are so very shocking!

Market-woman careful
Of the precious casket,
Knowing eggs are eggs,
Tightly holds her basket;
Feeling that a smash,
If it came, would surely
Sent her eggs to pot
Rather prematurely!

Singing through the forests,
Rattling over ridges,
Shooting under arches,
Rumbling over bridges,
Whizzing through the mountains,
Buzzing o’er the vale,–
Bless me! this is pleasant,
Riding on the Rail!

John Godfrey Saxe

A SAXE quote:

New York Times October, 15, 1916

Taxes are made necessary by expenditures. No one can quarrel with legitimate expenses, nor with taxes to pay them. The demand for new methods of taxation, however, is not for taxation to pay for legitimate expenses, but to pay for waste, extravagance, and graft. Extravagance and graft will probably exist as long as Governments exist.

Government of the People – From the People

July 27, 2011

Government of the People, by the People, for the People…

and FROM the people — Federal Taxes

FROM the people — State Taxes

FROM the people — Local Taxes!

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) May 6, 1933

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

September 8, 2010

A commenter on the Just One Minute blog posted the following:

Could some talented soul research the etymology of “jobs, jobs, jobs?” (Here’s hoping “etymology” isn’t the one about bugs.) First time I can recall hearing it was when James Baker was asked why it was necessary to go to war to liberate Kuwait. His answer, after a very brief pause, was “jobs, jobs, jobs.”

In a very real sense he was right, but I doubt any of his listeners understood it, and it’s about 50-50 whether he did.

Posted by: Danube of Thought | September 03, 2010 at 05:32 PM

Since I am always up for a challenge, I thought I would do a quick search. This is the only article I  could easily find with Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! because when I searched with “jobs, jobs, jobs” as the keywords, I got results for every single “jobs” which  amounted to thousands of hits. Needless to say, I did not go through all of them looking for more “jobs, jobs, jobs,” if there were any.

Anyway, this article if from 1938, and is quite good. If fact, it could be reprinted today if a paragraph or two were added about CUTTING SPENDING. So without further ado:


Comptroller of the State of New York

Unless we are prepared to say goodby to the traditional system of private enterprise that has made the United States the great nation that it is, we must do something — and do it quickly — to cure unemployment, not merely alleviate it. The sooner those who direct the destinies of this country recognize that fact, which daily is becoming more obvious, the better off all of us will be.

I think history will show that no form of government can long be safe when millions of its citizens, through no fault of their own, are permanently deprived of earning an honest livelihood.

What this country needs more than any other one thing is jobs, jobs, jobs! Not just sustenance jobs artificially created and paid for by back-breaking and punitive taxes, but a chance to create jobs for themselves and other that will increase the productive powers of the nation.

But it seems too evident for argument that before men can be put to work, business must be permitted to go to work by relieving it of the taxes that choke off every budding new enterprise.

You Can’t Blame ‘Em

In previous articles I have endeavored to show how essential to the country’s welfare is the use of accumulated savings in developing new job-giving ventures. I also have tried to demonstrate that, because of the present provisions of the Federal tax on captial gains, the tax on undistributed earnings and the punishment rates of the high brackets of the income tax, those who still have money will not employ workers or otherwise risk their money in developing new work-creating ventures because they are convinced that nearly all the profits, if any, will be taxed away.

They prefer to hang on to what they’ve got and place it in tax exempt securities at ridiculously low interest returns — and nobody can blame them.

This country still has a vast reservoir of accumulated savings and untold possibilities of further productive development; and although that reservoir is not inexhaustible or immune from stagnation through disuse, it can be tapped for vast new production if the Government will not divert too much of the flow from work-creating enterprises to work-blighting taxes.

Urges Repeal of Taxes

I believe firmly the outright repeal of these three forms of taxes we have been discussing would ultimately increase the Federal revenues — to say nothing of the general benefits to business — by a figure that would make the present estimated yield of these taxes look sick by comparison.

Why, if the business of the country could create jobs for only eight  million, the 12 million or more men now estimated to be jobless, at even a minimum of $900 a year each, it would amount to 7200 million dollars — or approximately as much as the Government is spending for every other purpose.

I have no quarrel with the Treasury officials who have been consulted by Congress on the tax bill now before it. They are concededly smart men; and, given a set of figures, they undoubtedly know how to find the right answers. But they do not seem to have given sufficient weight to the intangible but very real estimates of how many more tax dollars the Government would receive from other existing tax sources if the business activity, or turnover, of the country could be only slightly increased.

Tax Yields Estimated

It has been estimated by men of wide and illustrious experience in public finance that an increase in general business activity of 5 percent would add more than 10 percent to the Government’s net tax collections. Ten per cent of the Federal Government’s five billion dollar budget obviously means 500 million dollars. And the advocates of retention of the principle of tax punishment continue to argue about the possible loss of the comparatively insignificant sum of 20 million dollars through an even slight alleviation of the punishment!

If Congress really wants to do something for labor it can do it only by doing something for business. Labor never has been well off when business was in the doldrums.

The only way the wages of labor can be increased is through the creation of so many jobs that employers will be forced to bid for labor’s services. Broadly speaking, whenever there are more workers than jobs it is impossible to keep wages high, just as it is impossible to keep up the price of cabbages when there are more cabbages than cabbage-eaters.

Remove the Blight!

After all, capital and labor essentially are partners in the creation of the good things of life. Each is entitled to his fair share of what the partnership creates, but when nothing is produced nothing can be shared. In the last analysis, capital is only stored-up labor. Workers represent the labor of today; capital represents the labor of tomorrow. If either is to earn anything, both must work. And anything that disturbs the equilibrium between them throws production out of kilter, creates unemployment and destroys happiness.

Let us all urge Congress to remove these blighting, job-killing taxes and thus give the average man — the “forgotten man,” if you will — a chance to earn an honest living.

The Pittsburgh Press – Apr 7, 1938

Also from the same newspaper, same edition:

Some background information on Morris Sawyer Tremaine, which I found attached to his name in  The Flanders Family Tree on

Morris Tremaine studied at the old school #14 in Buffalo and also the Buffalo Normal School, followed by some studies at the Upper Canada College at Toronto.

He built up a number of businesses and became quite wealthy. When he was 17 years old he began work as a tally boy for Holland Graves & Montgomery, a lumber firm.  He was promoted to inspector for the company, later became a salesman and then manager of the branch office in New York City. In 1897 he became a partner in the company.

In 1903 he reorganized the Toledo Fire & Marine Insurance Company and became its president, while in 1905 he organized and became president of the National Lumber Insurance Company of Buffalo.  He also organized the Montgomery Lumber company of Suffolk, Virginia, and in 1905 was elected vice-president.

In 1914 he became associated with J G Wilson Corporation, manufacturers of rolling steel doors and folding partitions and by 1916 was president of the company.

In 1923 he was elected vice-president of Smith, Fassett & Company of North Tonawanda, NY – wholesale lumber dealers.  He was also director of the National Wholesale Lumber Dealers Association for some time.

He organized the King Sewing Machine Company, employing 110 men, which was later sold to Sears, Roebuck.

On January 1, 1927 he became Comptroller of the State of New York and served effectively until his death in the middle of his seventh term in 1941.

A quote (from attributed to him:

Morris S. Tremaine – “Those who believe that we have reached the limit of business progress and employment opportunity in this country are like the farmer who had two windmills and pulled one down because he was afraid there was not enough wind for both.”