Friday, 16 November 2018

This Cartoon from 1935 Perfectly Predicted the Mess America’s in Today

Death and taxes are the two certainties in life. Heck, Saul of Tarsus was a tax collector (and a rather brutal one, at that), so I’d say we’re talking about a venerable institution.
However, if it does seem like things are getting worse, just remember what things were like during the Great Depression and the New Deal.
If you don’t believe me, believe Daddy Warbucks — who managed to perfectly predict the mess we’re in back in 1935.
Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks was, for those of you not in the know, one of the protagonists of “Little Orphan Annie” — the man who was able to provide the titular character with a good life in Harold Gray’s long-running comic strip.
Unfortunately, it seems, ol’ Daddy Warbucks fell on hard times during the Great Depression, as so many people did.
It’s worth pointing out that for those of who are just familiar with the movie version of “Annie” (or the play), the original comic was quite free market in its outlook — a surprising thing in the 1930s, when conservatism wasn’t exactly the most popular thing in the world.
That didn’t come through in the play or the movie for reasons you can probably guess.
But Daddy Warbucks was and is correct. Taxes hurt growth. The more we tax and the more things the tendrils of the government touches, the more it affects our paychecks.

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