Friday, March 23, 2012

FAMW: Meet the “new spirit,” same as the old spirit.

Alicia Huntley writes: “The story of how the U.S. wound up with the income tax is the story of two wars, a Supreme Court justice on his death bed, and Donald Duck.” This 1943 propaganda film, approved for the war effort by the Treasury Department and winner of an Academy Award, could probably be dusted off and used today to remind us all, of the duty to pay for things we elected someone else to authorize, whether we wanted them to or not. Until that happens, it will be sufficient for this week's Friday Afternoon Moment of Whimsy.

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