Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on December 18, 1930 · Page 4
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TAOB FOUR ..OUR.. COLUMN The whole family may share the joy and happiness of Tuletide. Men's Hose Another accessory of which no man has enough. Solves the gift problem for him- choose here at 25c, 35c, and 50c Shirts Men's imported broadcloths, finely tailored collar and cuffs, in the popular shades *$1.00, $1.45, $1.95 Boys' Shirts With ties to match, at $1.00 Blankets '.Part wool plaid blanket, 66x SO, good weight, to go at $2.87 Slippers '•Comfy house slippers for ••women and misses. A gift :ihat mother will appreciate B8c, $1.25, and $1.98 Women's Rayon Pajamas •Another personal gift that .pleases beyond words, choose 3xere at $1.85 Ladies' Hosiery r; T h e newly fashionable '"sheer" hosiery, a well chos- ven gift at $1.00 and $1.38 Men's Scarfs An important accessory to ^the man's wardrobe. Checks, rplaids, and solid colors to •choose from here at 98cto$1.95 WHY WISCONSIN DID JTOT FALL FOH SMITH REPLACEMENT .PLAN [If. E. Jamison in Successful Purnilinr.] A tnx measure was defeated. It had looked like a winner In the Wisconsin legislature and Inn] received tile npprornl of minraroits large groups. Hut one banker asked South Greenville 0 run (re to boost for'It. Instead, this group of progressive farmer* from Onta- gamlo and AVInnebago counties analyzed It, saw tlirongrh It, and "threw their weight ng-aliist It. This measure, proposed that those who were assessed a state Income tax would be relieved of paying any Income tax up to the amount of their property tax. The proposal was made to look (food on the surface but this group wondered who would get the most benefit, from 11, and how much benefit the farmer would get. They decided that the farmer with $200 property tax and $20 Income tax would then have to pay only $200 total tux. Hut, the merchant with $200 prop, erty tux and $200 Income tax would also hare 1 to pay only $200. The state had to raise tax money some place so who really was being relieved of his tax burden I 3fot. many farmers but rather the business and professional men with targe Incomes. Who would make up the deducted taxes 1 The property owners, to be sure, and It would cost the average farmer with a large property tax and small Income tux more than his share. Men's Leather Lined Gloves at $1.50 Ladies' Gloves -All the new slip-on styles at 69c to 98c New spring Peter Pan Prints for house dresses, aprons, or smocks. Make them your*elf. Holiday Special, 23c yard " Men's fancy Silk Ties 50c, 65c and $1.00 Fancy f Towel Sets 75c and $1.00 All linen Lunch Cloths a t 89c Toyland Come here for your wants in Toys. "A World of Wonders", and prices are now cut to sell out en tire stock. In IH1. UNTBRED AS SECOND CLASS MATTER December 81, 1908, at the Postofflce at Alron«, Iowa, tinder the act of March 2, 18Ti. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION —To Koesuth county postofflees'and bordering postofflcea at Armstrong, Bode, Brltt, Buffalo Cen,!er, Corwlth, Cylinder, Elmore Hutching, trtvermore, Ottosen, Rake, Ring- •ted, Rodman, Stlteon, West Bend, and Woden, year . . $2.00 —To all other U. S. Postofflcea, year $2.5< ALL subscriptions for papers going to points rithln the county and out-of-the-county points tamed under No. 1 above are considered contlh- Ung subscriptions to be discontinued only on aotlc* from subscribers or at publisher's discretion. Subscriptions going to non-county points lot named under No. 1 above will,be dlscontln- i»d without notice one month after expiration >f time paid for If not renewed, but time for yaymont will be extended If requested In writing. —STORE- 'PLATX TALK AM) THE Kl) jr. SMITH IlEPLACEJfEJfT SCHEME I. Discussing the Ed SI. Smith proposal to permit state income taxpayers to deduct property taxes, we said recently: Lot us tnke three neighbors, married men without other dependents'than their wives, each with a net Income of $5,000. A, let us sny, lives In a home taxed nt $150; B In a home taxed at $100; C In a home taxed at $50. Under the proposed Income tax law each of (hose men would pay a tax of $60 and tho real estate taxes would he reduced hy an equal percentage depending 1 on how much the state levy was reduced hy the net Income tax proceeds. The three men woiil<] be treated exactly alike both us regards their Income tux and the property deduction. But how would It work out If the Smith scheme were law? Here Is the answer: Income Tax Offset Tax A $5,000 $60 $150 $ .00 B 5,000 80 100 .00 C ,5,000 60 50 10 In other words A and B would pay no Income tax and yet hare the benefit of their more expensive homes, while C, poorest of the trio In property, would hare to pay more than before. Now consider the reaction in Plain Talk, of Des Molnes: If A and B each had an Income of $5,000, sub Ject to taxation rates, and, each paid to the Income tax collector the sum of $60, each would bo entitled to expect a reduction In the general levj against his property so that A, In effect, would pay the $150 levied, minus the $60 paid on Income, or a total of $90, and in all would pay the sum of $150. B would go through .the same per formance, deducting' his $60 on Incomes from hit $100 levied on real and personal assessment making that amount $40, and both A and I would stand Just where they stood before the new law went Into effect. That, Is what the} were promised by the ^replacement" plea. And C, being' one of the unfortunate fellows with a pretty fair Income, would get his come uppance, because his Income would be out o proportion to the real estate held by him. He Ii the "tax dodger" these politicians have been af ter, and we nre glad If they have soaked him and we don't think, Brother Dowel, you shouK shed any tears over him. II. Can anyone beat that for addled reasoning C's Income is precisely the same as A's and B's but he is less ivealtby in property. Therefore he is to be singled out for income taxation while A and B go scot free! In other words C is to be penalized because he Is not as well off as A and B! Verily this is the modern application of from htm that hath not shall be taken away and t him that hath shall be given. It Is the old, old scheme of exempting til more able and burdening the less able. This time it isn't going- to work. A, B, and C are for once going to be treated exactly alike They will all pay the same Income tax and the money will go into the state's general fund. This, will let the state cut the tax levy and A, B, and C will share the reduction In property taxes b; precisely the same percentage. III. This Is ivliat they were promised by the "re placement" plea. No. it is not! No one connected with the in come tax cause ever promised or even hinted a anything of the kind. No one ever heard of i in Iowa till Ed M. Smith fathered it in the clos ing weeks of the pre-primary campaign. This case of paternity is too well established to b fastened on an innocent party. The plan of the income taxers has alwaj, been to turn the proceeds of the income tax into the general fund of the state and by so much cut the state property tax levy. So anxious have proponents of the income tux been to make this, understood thttt every income tax bill introduced in the legislature has included a clause specific ally calling for this kind of replacement. Except as an attempt to head off misrepresentation, this clause Is wholly unnecessary, for where the proceeds go into the general fund replacement by reduction of the levy Is automatic. IV. So far as known to the present writer, this is the first time attention has been called to an aspect of the Smith scheme which remains to be considered. The scheme contemplates offsetting the entire property tax, local as well as state (if any), against tbe income tax. Thus in the Advance's table above, A's offset of $150 represents his entire property tax as it appears on tbe county treasurer's books. But how out of place, impractical, and Inequitable this would be a moment's consideration suf- "ices to demonstrate. To begin with, the state income tax has never ieen intended as other than a means of reduc- ng or doing away altogether with the state evy. Nobody on either side in the income ta? debate has understood that it was proposed- to ay a tax sufficient to cut local levies. ]V Yet the Smith scheme, as generally understood, calls for complete offset. An income V^x evied for state purposes only would toe offset •>y both state and local property taxes. ,, There njlgbt be some sense <n perotttine -Oft-i et pf the state tax. if any, but it is difficult to local "taxes see the sense of permitting offset also. Again, the scheme would be rahkly ._.. able. There Is a w|de range of difference in^d" cnl taxes. In one community local taxes are high; In another, comparatively low. RUral taxes are usually much lowef comparatively thaft Urban taxes, because urban advantages bought with taxes cannot be had In rural communities How adjust this under the Smith scheme? Shall the taxpayer In ' an urban community where extra service Is bought with high taxes be permitted to offset his higher taxes while his neighbor In another community or on the farm who goes without the, extra service must be content with a lower offset? To ask this question le to answer It. The Injustice of such a scheme Is too apparent tb be denied or. got around with specious pleading. Onfe cannot eat his cake and have It too. And no practical way to escape this difficulty can be found. This alone brands the Smith scheme of replacement as unfair, Unworkable, and absurd NOW THKJf, ALTOGETHER! HIP! HtPt HURRAH FOR M'FARLANE! The Advance might have flattered itself six months ago that Kossuth voters knew something of Lieut.-Gov. Arch McFarlarte's political record and would give him a swift kick In the pants at the polls. McFarlane figured In the Patterson-Bretiken- rlde primary' fight when It was discovered that he was sending out letters to traveling men advising them to support Breakenrldge "because he is one of us.!' McFarlane's record In the legislature has been consistently reactionary. Thls,.,has been pointed out repeatedly Jn the Advance ever since the letter was circulated. But the people's memory Is short and their range of visibility low. They can see the candidates for local offices In the foreground and for governor and United States senator In the background, but the candidates for state offices In between escape them. So they nominated and elected Dan W. Turner for governor, and then hamstrung him with McFarlane for lieutenant-governor! It never occurred to them that the success or failure of Dan W. Turner's program depended a good deal on the makeup of this winter's senate committees and that the committees will be hand-picked by Lieutenant-Gov. McFarlane. All of which is preliminary to the following report of a hearing in the Interstate Commerce Commission's investigation of reciprocity in railroad purchasing and routing before Examiner Rogers at Chicago October 20, 1930— A. C. Mann, vice president In charge of purchasing, was closely examined -with reference to a number of exhibits of flic of correspondence. One of these was with Arch McFarland, ilciitoif ant-governor of Iowa, who, according to the letters, would profit to the extent of ten cents a ton on all coal bought by the Illinois Central from the Arch McFarland Fuel Company of Waterloo, Iowa, and who reminded the ^railroad, In a letter seeking orders, that he "looked after the legislative matters of the various railroads, Including the Illinois Central." This paragraph is taken .from a copy of the report published in the Traffic World for October 25. With Arch SfcFarlane, self-etyled representative of the railroads, probably the unofficial representative of all other public utilities also, presiding over the senate and appointing the committees in .whose hands will lie. the fate of all bills, what a fat chance the common people's legislative program will have, so far as he has the say. Now let the multitude in Kossuth county who voted for Arch McFarlane laet June and again in November stand up and give three rousing cheers! Topics of the Times Relatively the average farmer's capital Investment Is high and his Income low. In the case of most business men this condition is reversed. That is why It would not be equitable as between farmer and business men to permit direct reduction of property taxes from income taxes. If the recommendations of the joint legislative committee and the state board of assessment and review are enacted into law the state tax levy will be nearly or quite eliminated. Now let us see whether the newspapers which have for years been yelling for property tax relief will have the guts to stand for the only way to get it. A notoriety-seeking federal judge in the east has ruled that the 18th amendment is invalid for alleged failure to take the proper steps in adopting it. Stuff and nonsense! Strange how now and then it turns out that a supposedly learned occupant of the federal bench is afflicted with bats in his belfry. ' Now that a beginning towards tax reform in Iowa has been recommended by the joint committee of legislators appointed to study the question and the state tax board, let no one as sume that the fight is as good as won. Practically the same recommendations were made by a similar committee 17 years ago, and not a thing was ever done about it. The country may fear that in his dealings with Congress President Hoover is somewhat inept, but at bottom public sympathy Is probably with him. The president who could get along with such disturbers of the political peace as Borah Brookhart & Co. hasn't been born yet. Let the appointment of state senate committees be turned over to a senate-elected committee on committees. Then take all state officers below governor out of the primaries and let the politicians haggle over them in convention. They can have that much in the way of repeal of the primary system and welcome. Wallace Looks for & Turn in Business [H. A. Wallace, In Wallaces' Farmer.] Business men, farmers, and even women are now asking, "When will business improve?" it seems as though no one can discover any reason for a change for the better. Business men. now talk as gloomily as farmers did in 1921. Personally, I am inclined to think that the very intensity-of the present gloom is in itself a reason for expecting a change for the better In other words, I think that the crowd is always wrong when it comes to judging the economic outlook. The crowd is Influenced by the eve/its of the immediate past, and almost never by prospects for the future. Right now, I am Inclined to think that we are in a position very similar to that which we went through in the late fall in 1921. It will be remembered that at that time corn prices want down to less than 30 cents a bushel. Everything was demoralized, and in January of 1922 President Harding called a national agricultural conference at Washington to consider what might be done. , In the fall of 1922, however, with a corn crop decidedly above average, prices were twice as high as they had been in 1921, They went still higher in 1923, by which time- we had emerged from the depths of depression and were enjoying a mild boom. If history repeats itself, we may expect a very real improvement to become ' noticeable by the summer of 1931, and a small boom to start sometime in 1932. With nothing fundamentally wrong in the way of bad weather, earthquakes, pestilence, or war, it simply-is not human na- ;ure to remain in a state of business depres- slgji for more than a year or two. j.Jtt Is a long, Jjard climb to get back to normal, ' is ojjr gjj^ss that the lowest point in —- nf flAnr*O*iatr\*i uraa **AnxtVinjl I« f\~.lr\v*. n prison was reached in October or -vir-' •*—-« ~» 1930, and that we shall WUS y start upward, finally emerging jta the sunshine QJ ^TflWerity sometime in 1982. In fact, by —" sea flpBlWentty expsct tfc* improvement a» 'great that «»ftny flgopje ~"' ' .48%E*f. - . -. -..j&i. The Colyum L«t'« Not B* To« D-d T HIS BRoADCAgTEtt at the mike.' Seth V. Shenton, of the Indlariola Herald, substltut Ihg' for Bob S. Sherwood, of thft farkersbtirg Eclipse, on the pitcher's mound. \V, J./Cneey, of the Knoxvllle Express, at bat. Shenton wlhdc up .find shoots over a fast one-^- /' Casey, of The Knoxvllle Express, went clear to ihe celling last week when he read what the Parkersburg Eclipse said about Woodrow'wll son. Jfhe offending sentence was: ; ; ! "- '.'No American knowing the life history . of either one of them (Harding or Wilson) could hold them up ns examples for theirtsono to.fol- low." : And whin Casey hit the floor of the editorial sartctum again he exclaimed; "We would not needlessly speak 111 of even the unworthy dead, but any comparison of Harding with the Immortal Wilson Is a senseless, malicious slander of the memory of the greatest man America has produced since Abraham Lincoln." : Wow! Wouldn't Casey's jaw slide down Inside his collar and White necktie If he would take off his democratic glasses and sit down and listen to the story of the "Immortal" Wilson's personal life from any resident of the national capital who was familiar with eventa during 1912 and 1920?' | Hold your breath now! Two more like that and history will record that the mighty Casey has again struck out! Editor Moscrlp Mounts His Pegasus— and Look What a Runaway! [Marahalltown Times-Republican.] The old boss bandit called his gang and unto them did say, "Things here are not but there's a lot of banks In loway. Step out, dear boys, and cop a car, and then be on your way to bust me up a bank or two out there in loway." They hear! they heed! the deed Is done! the clerks are on the floor! they grab the coin, and cuss the luck that failed to give them more; away they dash, their speed Is rash, 'twould shame Young Lochlnvar—the bank we trusted Is Rood and busted, and then—why, there we are! (1) Jfot Yet, but Eventually; (2) the Algona Slpn Board Is Still There. [Jarney's Own Column.] Well, doggonit, Mr. Dewel, we walked past your office about eteen times on our recent fez- zant-hunttng visit to Algona, while looking for a place to sleep, and it was always dark: Anyway we supposed Eva had been married or something and left your employ long ngo. Next fall we may call again, but If we do we will walk into your office and Into Eva's presence wear- Ing a large button which reads, "I am not a traveling man." As for that sign post which tells the night traveler when to turn off No. 18 to go Into Algona, we still don't believe it is there. We remember quite well passing a sign which 'read "Algona Country Club," and after we had read that and then had gone about five miles without coming to the town was when we began to wake up to the fact that maybe we were headed for Mason City instead of Algona after all. To avoid mistakes In the future we are going to make our next visit to Algona in the' daytime. What weary,moons have waxed and waned Since wise men journeyed from afar, And Mary Mother held her Babe Beneath the world's first Christmas star. So many hands to crush His house, So many lips to scorn Hie creed, ' ^ So many tares to choke the plant 1 -•'.'.'. No sooner risen from the seed. What miracle that through the years Still shines the Master's diadem, And still the Christmas Spirit walks ' As on the hills of Bethlehem! '• Oakdale. — SADIE SEAGRAVE. 'Zactly Jawn; and How Helplessly Mad It Does Make a Smart?]. [From the Rear Seat.] In his column In the Algona Advance W. C. Dewel (Allen) had the same hard luck/w^lch so frequently befalls the newspaper man who undertakes to point out other newspaper men's mistakes. Alien led off his column with numerous e^hlbljs of grammatical, orthographical, and typographical errors he had speared in the week's exchanges and made pertinent comment on same. Then, three-quarters of the way down the column, he himself spelled '"reckless" "w-r-e-c-k-1-e-s-s." This May bo the Truth, Mr. Colemun, Hut We're From Missouri. [Lu Verne News.] One of our filling station operators here waited on a pretty girl that drove up and ordered gasoline for her automobile. After the gasoline tank was filled she said she had no money but that she would return later with it. "Really, Miss," the operator remonstrated, "You know It Is Impossible for us to sell you fuel in this way." "Oh, I'll leave you security," she answered, and with these words drew off her dress, dropped It Jn front of the dumfounded station attendant, and drove away. The next day she returned with money for the gasoline and reclaimed her dress. So THAT'S What the Dingus is That Slnils Our Tobacco Pouch! : [J. W. C. in Rear Seat.] : Tut, tut. Alien. It was a Pat and Mike story the way we first heard it (as Adam originally sprung it on Eve). Pat was telling Mike what he had told the surgeon who had operated on him, sewed him up, and then reopened him three times In succession (1) to recover a sponge, (2) to recover a scissors and (3) to recover the surgeon's hat. Finally Pat suggested: "Instead of sewing me up again, Doc, why don't you fix me out wltji a buttonhole and a button?' That, of course, was long before the age of zipper galoshes. The zipper version Is merely a 1930 edition. We do know a few things, Allen, without having to have recourse to those dictionaries. CHRISTMAS CAROL Ring, happy bells of Chrlstmastlde! Fling out your tidings far and wide, O tell the morn that Christ is born, Let heavenly peace on earth abide. Ring out the news! To mortals bring The message of their new born King. Rejoice! Rejoice! Let every voice Join in the song the angels sing. ' , Proclaim your message sweet again, Yea, tell it over ten times ten • Till far and near all men shall hear Of "Peace on Earth, good -Will to men." Algona, Iowa. —GEOR-CJE H. FREE. IT DOES BEAT ALL how as soon as you discover a word you never heard of before you begin to find it all over the place. For example, take this former Knoxville girl, Bllzaljeth Steen, who to get the dope for a master's thesis visited a tribe of savages in the fas Brazilian Interior. And she comes home, and- the*'very next day after Mrs. Alien and Mrs. M. <G. N, and Jawn W. Carey explain what a zipper is, the dailies tell how a strapping; male savage looking for a mate tried to kidnap the strange white goddess at night tut failed because be couldn't fathom the mystery of the ZIPPER: fasteners which held the flaps of her tent together, I CAN OFFER no better FfeJpe for happiness to the young 'women of America than this, t>@- ...,,.won*?!) ts raeely* *^d^tj^^lied service medal from Ajnerl&fl, J^rm, Pjffl&i* Federation, OXay, glrja. !»,* ' " " Plcte, ' " * ^m&i^m&Mm* dS%s&». , „, , . Biws >*sSisii^ Thit Ad Should be Read by Both MEN and WOMEN because either may be interested in these Practical—Useful Items for a j .^•^M .^ A . . ' *' Christmas Oft uin Special Pre-Christmas Prices on all ___ „...,, / Goats and Dresses Extra Special Group of Dresses B( An extensive showing of more, than ft* two hundred dresses in this % single f group representing many.advance 1981 models in both plain and printed silks V —values worth up to $29.75. \ Special Price i $ 16.85 * ' A , : • *. '' i •• ' :. * ;: Other groups priced at— [85,95 $8.95 $14.95 Extra Special Group of Coats A most drastic price cut on new 1 coats equal to our usual after holiday I prices. A splendid' assortment to se-1 lect from representing values to $55 Special Price $29.85 .. • .- ».'! 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