Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Quotation for the day: Will Rogers

Well all I know is just what I read in the papers.  Congress just keeps us all on the jump all the time, waiting to see what they are going to do with us.  One minute they are not going to have a sales Tax, but they put a Tax on about a third of the things that are sold.  Then they are asked to explain why it was that they taxed a boot but dident tax a shoe, or why put a tax on caps but none on hats.  That is just about as nonsensikle as the things they did do.
They tried to hang most of it onto the Auto buyers, or Gasoline buyers.  Well they just as well put it on bathing suits, or chairs, or anything else that folks use, anything outside of meat and bread and a Gandhi Breechclouth can be called a luxury, or a necessity which ever way you want to look at it.  Autos may be a luxury, a bed may be a luxury.  You can ride on street car, or you can also sleep on the ground, neither one is an absolute necessity.
Will Rogers, "Garbo, Ghandhi, Krueger and Congress," in Steven K. Gragert, ed., Will Rogers' Weekly Articles, Vol. 5 The Hoover Years: 1931-1933 (Stillwater, Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University Press, 1982) 145.

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