National Affairs: Demos

It rained pitchforks at Frankfort, Kentucky's capital, last week. And the legislators were afraid. They were about to pass Governor Ruby Laffoon's 1% tax on sales, while outside in the rain demos milled on the Capitol lawn. Fearful Senators could decipher through rain-streaked windows the soggy banners which irate Kentucky merchants carried: "Bankrupt Retailers Pay No Taxes At All," "Tenant Farmers Pay Sales Tax Too," "Sales Tax Hits The Farmer—Goodbye Tobacco." "Economy, Not Taxation," "Down With The Sales Tax." Many a water-logged citizen carried on his hat a sinister label: "Laffoon Sleeps, Wake...

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