TAXATION: Of Everything

Three idle newsmen were pitching pennies on the marble floor of a House Office Building hall outside the door of the Ways & Means Committee. On the other side of the door the committee, in executive session, was figuratively scratching its 24 heads over a billion-dollar tax bill. The cheery clink of coins on stone suddenly ceased when Harry Parker, the committee's grinning Negro messenger, opened the door and said, slowly: "Please, gen'men, will you-all stop that game? The sound of all that money annoys the gen'men."

Last week Secretary of the Treasury...

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