National Affairs: Report on the Bureau

A once obscure St. Louis banker named John Snyder has collected more taxes than any man in the history of the world, and has had more widespread scandals in his administration than any Secretary of the Treasury in the history of the U.S. These two facts assure Snyder a place in history, but he keeps worrying about how it will all look to history—and to contemporaries. Last week Snyder's treasury issued a glowing, 29-page blurb entitled Report to Taxpayers. Subject: the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Salient point: Snyder admitted 174 BIR "separations" during fiscal 1952 (including 53 for taking bribes,...

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