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- Speech: Address at Worcester, Mass. October 21, 1936- Franklin D. Roosevelt.
You would think, to hear some people talk, that those good people who live at the top of our economic pyramid are being taxed into rags and tatters. What is the fact? The fact is that they are much farther away from the poorhouse than they were in 1932. You and I know that as a matter of personal observation.
- "50 - Fireside Chat April 14, 1938" by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
It is going to cost Something to get out of this recession this way, but the profit of getting out of it will pay for the cost several times over. Lost working time is lost money. Every day that a workman is unemployed, or a machine is unused, or a business organization is marking time, is a loss to the Nation. Because of idle men and idle machines this Nation lost one hundred billion dollars between 1929 and the spring of 1933. This year you, the people of this country, are making about twelve billion dollars less than last year.
- Fireside Chat 15: "On National Defense (May 26, 1940)by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Our present emergency and a common sense of decency make it imperative that no new group of war millionaires shall come into being in this nation as a result of the struggles abroad. The American people will not relish the idea of any American citizen growing rich and fat in an emergency of blood and slaughter and human suffering.
- Speech: "Remarks at Northside High School in Atlanta, Georgia", Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1985.
We're going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that have allowed some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary, and that's crazy. It's time we stopped it.
And the way I see it, if our current tax structure were a TV show, it would either be ``Foul-ups, Bleeps, and Blunders,'' or ``Gimme a Break.'' If it were a record album, it would be ``Gimme Shelter.'' If it were a movie, it would be ``Revenge of the Nerds'' or maybe ``Take the Money and Run.'' And if the IRS, Internal Revenue Service, ever wants a theme song, maybe they'll get Sting to do, ``Every breath you take, every move you make, I'll be watching you.''
What we're trying to move against is institutionalized unfairness. We want to see that everyone pays their fair share, and no one gets a free ride. Our reasons? It's good for society when we all know that no one is manipulating the system to their advantage because they're rich and powerful. But it's also good for society when everyone pays something, that everyone makes a contribution.
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