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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 30, 1937)
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WHO PAYS THE TAXES?
It is one of the fundamental
promises of the average demagogue
that he will make the rich pay the
taxes, if he is elected to office. Such
a promise makes the one who
pledges, a demagogue, because
there is no way to muke the rich
pay all the taxes—not even to pay
as much proportionately as the
The federal income taxes are
paid in the main by those with
higher earnings, and the fellow
with a family is exempted $2,500,
wdth another $100 for each depen
dent. This does not mean, how
ever, that the married man who
makes less than $2,50o a year puys
no taxes, even to the federal gov
ernment. For only 40 per cent of
the taxes levied by Uncle Sam
come from those who pay on in
comes. The other 54 per cent of
the money is raised in different
ways, and most of these so-called
“hidden" taxes are passed on to
the poor consumer.
The Twentieth Century fund has
estimated that the man earning
only $18 a weel^ and owning no
property pays about $110 a year
in “hidden" taxes, or about 12 cents
on the dollar, while the fellow
earning $150 a month and owning
a second-hand car but paying no
income tax has to put out $220 u
year in “hidden" taxes.
A study recently made by the
Northwestern Life Insurance com
pany shows that 25.3 per cent of
the money paid in rent by the
average tenant goes not to the
landlord but to the tax collector.
If these taxes could be cut in two,
the tenant's rent would be reduced.
He is paying the taxes on the
properly, but he doesn't realize it.
The survey indicates that the in
visible taxes included in the price
of foot! we buy averages gboi^t 7.1
per cent of the whole pike. Other
“hidden" taxes are as follows:
clothing, 8 per cent; fuel and light
bills, 0.5 per cent; summaries and
miscellaneous household expenses.
10.5 per cent. Used automobile
ownership and operation pay out
m>re than twenty per cent of their
cost in taxes.
Invisible but traceable taxes are
more than 15 per cent of the retail
price of bread, over 8 per cent of
the price of beer, and 18 per cent
of the price of sugar. The price of
a man’s suit off clothe* contains
over 10 per cent ifi taxtn picked up
in its travel from the back of the
sheep to the hack Of the purchaser.
Of course it is a fact that some of
the “hidden” taxes are so carefully
hidden that it is impossible to
estimate them so. that the actual
tax load on the poor consumer is
really greater than the figures in
• . • but you can quit scrambling
diem—especially ii they are
II your home and tamily
expenses keep your nose to the
grindstone and your eyes on the
pennies, there isn't a lot oi
peace oi mind.
Try this method ior one
month: Shop ior your iamily
from the ads in this newspaper.
Calculate the savings on each
purchase. At the end oi the
month figure up the total.
You'll find you don't have to
scramble so much to make
outgo fit income.
dicate. And even these figure?
show that it is too much.
Ail the studies made by various
financial agencies go to show that
the poor man pays a much greater
tax in comparison to his income
than the rich man. This is for the
most part because of the ironclad
1 economic rule that it is the poor
I consumer who has to bear the cost.
J And no college professor-econo
mist has yet been able to find a
way around this law.
So when anyone promises that
he will, if elected, take the taxes
off the poor and load them on to the
rich, put him down either as an
ignoramus or a demagogue. If
he wants to do something really for
the poor consumer he will try to
help bring about economy and
sound financing. It is not by shift
ing the tax burden "but by lighten
ing it all around that something
can be done in the way of tax re
duction for the “dear people."
By the Lowell Service
With Hugh Butler, republican
national committeeman, ut work
among the rank and file of the
party, it appears that Governor
LaFollette’s suggestion that two
new political organizations are
needed will not be heeded, at least
in the H».'i8 campaign. Butler’s
policy seems to be that the demo
crats can conduct their own faction
al rows without republican aid.
Then again, Butler and State
Chairman Llye Jackson endorsed
the position of Senator Norris in
the supreme court fracas.
Should Senator Norris take the
stump this fall he probably will
urge a middle course in the su
preme court dispute. With the re
publican leaders already committed
to his policy, only the rabid anit
Norris republicans will desert the
party to support Senator Burke.
Some politicians predict that the
republicans in Nebraska will pur
sue a course of watchful waiting.
Already, assert the state house
politicians, there are indications of
republican realignment. Sidestep
ping of veteran candidates is ap
parent. The GOP wise boys believe
that with a ticket entirely new the
campaign can be won by the re
publicans in 1938. Said one under
the dome veteran:
“The tjme has come for new
faces in the old places. This is
the slogan used by Bart Green of
Lincoln in 1988. Bart was a little
early with his suggestion. The
party leaders will listen now.’’
The political reactions so far,
maintained the veteran, are en
tirely against the aspirations of
Bob Simmons; unfavorable to
Dwight Griswold; thumbs down on
the repeated candidacy of Dr. Bass.
It is political open season, he said,
for upstanding' candidates from
out in the state.
Mystery cloaks the political man
euvers of the two erstwhile allies
ami cronies, Governor Cochran and
Charley Bryan. A generous slice
of the Cochran support has slipped
to Bryan, according to political
observers. Bryan is cashing in
tremendously as a result of the
attitude taken by Senator Burke.
In the campaign of 1934 Senator
Burke’s supporters used the inter
view wherein Governor Bryan de
clared “the farmers’ throats are
being cut from both ears at once"
with telling effect. Along with this
codemnation of Bryan’s attitude
went Senator Burke’s definition of
the New Deal.
In the 1934 campaign the Bryan
forces were extremely friendly to
Cochran. It was Bryan pho first
apointed Cochran to office. Now
Cochran has been announced as a
third-term candidate. Using home
stead exemption as a battle cry,
Bryan is preparing to make a state
wide campaign. Ed Luikart, Cecil
Matthews, F. C. Radke and many
others who labored in the first
Cochran campaign are now sup
porting Bryan. Already the re
publican politicians sense a headon
collision between Bryan and Coch
ran. In some quarters it is hinted
that the prospects of a Bryan
Cochran feud accounts for some of
the republican get-together talk.
A suggestion that assistance to
farmers be administered by one
central government agency, instead
of several, as now, was made by
Governor Cochran, while in con
ference in Washington with W. W.
Alexander, farm security adminis
Leo Swanson, capitol custodian,
continues to run up against unex
pected obstacles in the discharge of
his duties. The last legislature
passed a law authorizing him to
make an inventory each year in
each state office. He got about
twenty inventories made, but when
reached the office of the state
railway commission, he was re
fused permission to work because
the chairman of the commission
was out of town.
R. B. Williard, state chemist, has
seized two carloads of apples ship
ped into the state. The fruit con
tained more than .018 grains of
arsenate of lead per pound. This
is the content fixed by state law
and the state chemist has been
testing home grown apples as well
as the shipments from other states.
Some of the apples tested as high
as .08 grain to the pound. Such
high content is dangerous.
The state railway commission
has granted the Western Union
Telegraph company permission'to
include punctuation marks in mes
sages free of cost to senders. The
ruling goes into effect Oct. 15.
Following a brief memorial ser
vice Monday for the late Judge
W. H. Thompson, the Supreme
court heard motions for the ad
vancement of hearing dates in the
third appeal of the objectors in
the Tri-county case; also the mo
tion of the city of Lincoln to dis
inisfs the Eppley Hotel company
appeal. An effort was made to
clear the way for the formal open
ing of the September term of the
court by allowing motion for re
hearing in two out of twenty-two
applications. Motion for a two
hour argument on the bank night
case, instead of the usual one-hour
argument was denied.
Schools for 2,500 cream graders
are now open in Nebraska accord
ing to A. L. Haeker, chief of the
state dairy bureau. State examina
tions are given the graders, aftei
attendance at the school, and stat(
licenses are given to those whc
pass, making it obligatory to grad*
cream before buying.
The state poard of control re
ports that six state institutions
are overcrowded beyond the capa
city for which they were planned
These, with the number by which
they exceed planned capacity are
as follows: Lincoln state hospital,
269; Norfolk gtate hospital 206;
State penitentiary, 252; Hastings
state hospital, 560; York reforma
tory for women, 10; and Institute
for feeble-minded, Beatrice, 99. A
year ago, however, the total popu
lation of all institutions was 7,742
while this year it is 7,670.
The “Manual of Procedure,’’ out
lining a uniform system of account
ing for all county officials of
Nebraska, as provided for in the
new law passed by the last legisla
ture, is now being distributed by
State Auditor Price. Provision is
made for a large group of auditors
to audit all county offices under the
direction of the state auditor.
E. J. Eby was down from Stuart
Wednesday looking after business
. ■ ' ■ 1 '
J. W. Walter, C. F. Gillette and
V Harley, of Chambers, are in
the city today transacting business
at the court house.
Ivan R. Heiss and Miss Rose M.
Robinson, both of Page, were
A BANK account says
to its owner, “Let me
introduce you to my
Capital, Surplus and
This Hank Carries No
Indebtedness of Officers
Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;
! 1 HI
DO you sometimes feel
oppressed by the seri
ousness of life ... the grav
ity of the events that are
transpiring all about you?
Well, laugh it off with
IRVIN S. COBB
Famous as a humorist, novelist, drama
tist, journalist, magazine writer and
radio commentator, Cobb has won a
great following throughout America.
Now he is coming to this paper with a
weekly column of comment on those
things that he finds particularly interest
ing or amusing.
A shrewd interpretation of some im
portant news development, a friendly
arrow of wit, a chuckle-provoking obser
vation—truly Cobb at his best. Watch this
newspaper for the weekly comments of
IRVIN S. COBB
1 'granted a marriage license in
county court Wednesday.
Dick Frisbie of Omaha, drove an
International truck to this city Fri
day for Gene O’Hern. While here
he visited friends and relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Reardon and
family moved Tuesday to the home
vacated by Mr. and Mrs. O. M.
Herre in the western part of the
J. F. McDermott of Omaha, vice
president of the First National
bank of that city, was visiting
banking friends in this city last
W. J. Froelich came out from
Chicago last Friday and spent the
week-end visiting his family here,
returning to Chicago the first of
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Minton of
Lincoln, were in the city over the
week-end, having come up to at
tend the funeral of his brother-in
law, Roy Judge.
The Presbyterian Ladies Guild
will meet at the home of Mrs. Kruse
next Thursday, Oct. 7. Assisting
hostesses, Mrs. Fenderson, Mrs.
Herrick and Mrs. Ernst.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Carson of
Lincoln, came up the latter part of
last week for a few days visit in the
northeastern part of the county
and to look after business matters
in this section.
Miss Betty Biglin left Sunday
morning for Lincoln where she will
spend the week visiting her cousin,
Miss Mary Biglin, and will take in
the Nebraska-Minnesota football
Miss Mary Carney returned to
this city Sunday night after a ten
day visit at tht home of her broth
er, Thomas E. Carney, at DuBois,
Wyo., and with friends at Riverton
and Lander, Wyo.
A, scientists says that the world I
will last for a trillion years more.
Wonder what our national debt will
be by that time?
poultry?** say thousands'
Quirk results with Nerro. Flu. Worms, etc.
In hogs—Koup. Colds, Worms, etc. In poultry
—Merely mix with feed. Animal* gain during
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