Propaganda, stimulus packages, taxes and Donald Duck

June 26, 2008

This is all kinds of interesting (from 1943):

(h/t the Tax Foundation)


4 Responses to “Propaganda, stimulus packages, taxes and Donald Duck”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    That is a cool find. Strange mix of ideas and a strange look at how differently we think in some ways. War propaganda was pretty thick. Athough it turns out Hitler really was evil and the cause was just, the appeal to rally is purely to symbols and emotion and not to facts at all. It’s hard to imagine Americans would respond to so such an blatant appeal today. On the other hand, the idea that the IRS would have to ASK us to pay them is amazing. I vaguely remember from law school that it was not altogether clear, when the idea was first pitched, that income taxes were even permitted by The Constitution. Property taxes, sure; income taxes, not so sure. Lots of the changes we’ve undergone in the last sixty-five years have been good; but not all of ’em.

  2. John in IL Says:

    the idea that the IRS would have to ASK us to pay them is amazing.

    I thought so too. Coincidentally, 1943 was the year withholding income taxes from paychecks became mandatory so that solved that problem. Here is a great editorial about income tax withholding. The fact that, each year, I have to write a check to the IRS instead of getting a refund of taxes withheld colors many of my opinions about government and taxation.

    And income taxes were found to be unconstitutional in 1895, hence the 16th Amendment to the Constitution.

  3. superdave524 Says:

    Yeah, I hate the gummit, too.

  4. John in IL Says:

    You have a strange way of showing it.

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