THE NATION: Tax Time

To confirm the poet's choice of April as the crudest month, 60 million Americans have by this week signed their 1954 income-tax forms. Most of them signed away more than they paid during the year for bread or meat, or gave to charity, or lost in gambling, or have any reasonable hope of saving this year.

They did this, wonderful to tell, without riots of protest or direct coercion of the bastinado or bayonet kind. In the free U.S., anybody can speak his mind against the income tax. Few spoke loud enough to be...

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