FISCAL: Futility

For years students of taxation have fought "intangible" taxes, i.e., Federal and State tariffs on gasoline, theatre tickets, perfumes, cigarets, restaurant checks and long-distance phone calls. Their argument : U. S. citizens should be taxed openly, directly, painfully, if tax reforms are ever to be made. Politicians have merely grinned, gone ahead passing tax bills that make taxation seem painless.*

As if to prove the politicians' view that U. S. citizens don't realize how sharply they are clipped, last week a letter from Citizen Archie C. Milligan reached City Finance Director Vincent J. Murphy of Newark, N. J. :...

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