Daily News from New York, New York on October 22, 1949 · 28
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Daily News from New York, New York · 28

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Saturday, October 22, 1949
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PAIUV7! NEWS Jatarday. October 22, 199 - TeL MUrray Hill 2-1234 PaUldwd (Ultr nrnx Bda ar Ifm liiikm Oa. hat. Me K. ttd St.. im of Mutkatua. Talk IT. M. I. Delia puU ralli ratal : O. . I1&.M: Canada. (IS M a fear. Far l ballr and Buariar Nawa. D. .. (Ia.M pat fear: Canada. ?i 5a. PtaUdant and daaetal annual W. af. rirnni azenitlte editor and Henuif, Rldiard W. Clara a. at KM BUI Of TBB AMOCUTBD rktSfl The Aaaodated Preae m entitled exdnairel to the nee for. republication at all the local oewi printer in thia newspaper, aa well aa all AP new dwpatchea. TS-es High Tax Harry WAR WHOOP FROM HIGH TAX HARRY President Truman could hardly wait till the adjourned 81st Congress beat it out -of Washington before on Thurs- day he raised a. renewed howl for higher taxes to be de creed next year. A $5,000,000,000 federal deficit is threatened, said Mr. Truman, and he doesn't like deficit financing (oh no?), and he can't think of any way to get back into the black aside from soaking the already punch-drunk taxpayer harder. To blame for it all, the President added, ,was that "rich man's tax cut" voted by the Republican-run 80th Congress and incidentally, though Harry didn't stress this fact, retained by the Democratic 81st. So Harry takes the warpath again for higher taxes. Maybe, as a smart professional politician, he knows what he's doing. To us knuckleheaded amateurs, it looks as if he couldn't have timed this war whoop worse. His advisers finally persuaded him last Spring to drop his demand for $4,000,000,000 worth of new levies. Their reasoning was that a recession had arrived; and Harry bought that reasoning after stubborn sales resistance. '" Are we to infer that he now thinks the recession is over? If so, how about the big-coal and steel strikes, which are spreading: unemployment and forcing shutdowns or slowdowns far beyond their own fields, and which Harry keeps saying he won't try to bring to an "end? Is that a boomtime condition as most people understand the term? Next year, when Harry wants Congress to hike taxes, will be an election year for the entire House of Representees and one-third of the Senate. That explains the indignant chorus of "No" from a lot of lawmakers, and the retorts from a few of them that they hope to cut taxes instead especially the wartime excises on baby oil and the like which infuriate so iftany people. We hope these gents' won't-power holds through the next session of Congress, and that Harry may be forced to cut some of the high costs of government. That expenditures could be cut is a cinch. The logical places to start primming would be on foreign aid to dead-beat gimme nations, and on the farm price supports which do so much to keep both-taxes and groceries high. A third target could be the grossly swollen U. S. Government payrolls, now loaded with more than 2,000,000 civilians, 500,000 6f whom Senator Harry F. Byrd (D-Va.) thinks could be fired without harm to Uncle Sam. As for the problem of digging up more revenues, we'd like to dip into spme ancient history. Back in the Coolidge administrations (1923-29), the Republicans cut income taxes over the screams of people who' felt that such reductions would make impossible any payments on the national debt of $21,800,000,000 (in 1923) hanging over from World War I. What happened was that the tax cuts stimulated business, so that total tax revenues went up though each taxpayer paid less. In the years 1923-29, Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon was able to cut the debt from $21.8 billion to $16.5. It was the same old story of treating the golden-egg goose with some kindness and consideration, and thereby causing her to produce with enthusiasm a story which Harry apparently forgot long ago if 4ie ever heard it. Incidentally, we've just thought up another name for the President ' THIN-SKINNED HARRY - because of the remarks he made at his Thursday news conference on the subject of Leland Olds, ex-Daily Worker (Communist paper) contributor whom the Senate bounced off the Federal Power Commis.sion. It is hard, said Mr. Truman, to induce high-type men to take Government jobs, because of the abuse and innuendoes tossed at them by columnists and some members of , Congress. On Dishing It Yet Mr. Truman feels free to call And Taking It anybody any name he chooses, including S. O. B., and to carry on a snide little personal campaign designed to undermine public confidence in the newspapers. From these facts, we infer that the big boss is growing . thin-skinned, and becoming just another guy who can dish it but can't take it. f They get that way, frequently, when they've been in . power too long; or their party has, and the yes men and flatterers have crowded the dealers in hard and sometimes - unpleasant truths out of the throne room. The Inquiring Votographer By JIMMY JEMAIL The News will pay $10 for every timely, interesting question sub-misted end used in this column. Today s award goes to Mrs. Molly I " J oti r e. D cn Kl v I .naiiu, ox r w nrunx, 7, 4 a THE QUESTION ' Do the music and radio announcements at the Grand Central Terminal annoy or entertain, you ? THE PLACE Grand Central Terminal. THE ANSWERS Aurica Liapis, Newark, N. J college student: ul have never been annoyed by them, because, usually I'm thinking of something .else and the music and commer -cials ara merely a background to my thoughts. But there have been times when I've had time on my hands and the music has been entertaining." Milton J. Bromberg, West End Ave., mercnunt: "They entertain me. I don't even object to the commercials, because Grand Central Terminal is a business and has to have revenue to be able to give us good service. But they should- n t say, 'Buy a pack of gum now, before you leave the station!' " Mrs. Joseph Devlin, Island Park, - beautician: A -K "They annoy me. t k ,-T. Sometime s. when the commercials come on, I stop my ears and almost scream. I deliberately boycott the products advertised. A Dub- lic place should not be an audi-torium for sponsored products. Now it's bedlam and shattered nerves." INVITING THE UNDERTAKER No. 120 -' "r; aaaadjfafaMafJ Overload trucks So that tft only way the ajrivlr can mk vfor hi sf" hill climb - Concourse, news about hit etc"." Paul Levine, Grand locksmith: "They entertain me. I often pass through the station and I like the choice of music. The c o m m e r c ials don't annoy me, because I'm ac-customed to them on the radio. I also like the weather reports, the shows, pictures, Margie Sullivan, Phoenix, Ariz., waitress: I like them a lot b e c a us e they make the time go fast when I'm waiting for my fiance. No, he never has to wait for me. I'm so pucpr to see h :" "$ him tti t I'm rV always a half- frGT u ' V 1 hur early. E M I Why it's just like a radio show. We don't have anyining that good m Phoenix." .aaaaaaw i v ' ' Vernon, attend. L. H. King, Mt. ant: "I like it because there is no foolish jazz or-q t-h e r silly music , We who work in the station are grate-ful for it. I work until 1 o'clock in the morning and the later the hour, the better the music becomes. It helps shorter and more pleasant." I "to violati? all rulaaf tare. caution end tofrtesy VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Pleas givtt nam and aJJrcst with your letter, W will withhold both on request to make "my day A RIDE TO THE ZOO T 'Bronx: Why does the IRT employ such lousy mechanics ? Every train I get on seems to have three or four doors out of order. You either can't get on the train or, once on, you can't get out in time. It's mighty exasperating; and I refer particularly to the bums who are supposed to fix the doors on the Bronx Park trains. J. MERCEDES. HE'D KISS THE PITCHER Bronx: What's the matter with Voicer Robert W. Wood, who jeered at Yankee players who kissed each other in joy at winning the World Series, and said he'd smack the first player who kissed him under those circumstances? Listen, fellow; if a man on your team makes you $5,000 richer by some great relief pitching, or by hitting a home run, he really deserves proof of your gratitude. Just shaking his hand and walking away wouldn't do it. MARTIN M. ROTHENBERG. VOTES AND GRUB ' Manhattan: May I suggest the following course of action to all those who like the food prices at chain stores and who would like to continue to keep their families well fed without going into hock? Politicians are .looking for votes right now. Let 'candidates know that only those who line up publicly against the Government's A. & P. action will get your vote. Or let the parties know that you'll only vote the straight ticket of the party that's willing to help you keep down your cost of living. R. L. S. "SALVAGE OUR BUMS" Bronx: I read recently that Hungary is going to send its tramps, beggars and prostitutes to special re-education centers for a yearns compulsory vocational training. Why can't we try something like that with our Bowery characters?' There are many ingenious men on. Skid Row who might be brought back tojiseful careers and returned to their loved ones. THOMAS MONAHAN. JOE STATES HIS ISSUES Manhattan: When are the politicians going to stop marble-mouthing and face the really vital issues like more relief (in cash, not checks), burlesque, 50c windows at the tracks, and nickel beers? JOE MORE. BOO FOR THE BRASS East Hartford, Conn.: This nation may go down some day, but not from a foreign power or foreign Communism. We will be defeated right in Washington by our own Army and Navy brass, who are busy lobbying the last few drops of blood from our dying Treasury. H. RAGWEED McNASTY. FOR CANDID CANDIDATES Brooklyn: Why don't politicians quit blowing their tops and lying to the citizens about gambling in this city? No matter what ex-Police Commissioner Wallander said for O'Dwyer, there was gambling here under the LaGuardia and O'Dwyer administrations, and nobody will ever be -able to stop it As a matter of fact, there's hardly a city, state or federal building in New York where a man who is known can't get a bet down. Let's talk some sense about gambling, you politicians, and the public will like vou better. NAME WITHHELD. PICKS HER IMPROVERS Manhattan: Some Voicer who signed his or her letter A.S. chosa to declare that the recent Communist trial was "silly," because all the Reds wanted to do was "improve the Government." For your information, A.S., nobody denies that there is room for im-. provement in our form of government. But when changes are made, we will prefer to have them made by .true Americans like Judge Harold Medina or Joe Louis, not by characters like Paul Robeson and Harry Sacher. See the difference? ANN CASSARA. DUBIOUS ABOUT VITO Manhattan: Voters of East Harlem: Don't let the propaganda that great advertiser Marcantonio feeds you fool you into voting for him. In his last speech in Harlem he told us not to send letters to Italy, remember? Today he is telling us not to vote for our own democratic government. JAMES RIZZO. CATHEDRAL BEAUTIES, TOO . Bronx: That smart guy front Manhattan, Jvho Voiced his opinion on the prettiest girls in the recent Columbus Day parade, mustn't have been very close to the marchers, or he would have seen those Cathedral High School beauties. They were tops. HAYES & TOWER BOYS. . j

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