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Ronald Reagan: Progressive Taxation Came Direct From Karl Marx

Donjindra Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 8:29 AM
Lincoln got the first progressive tax passed in the US. Was Lincoln a follower of Marx? Of course not.
ABN-RGR Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 12:45 PM
Lincoln was an admirer of Karl Marx but didn't agree with his philosophy of violent overthrow....although in my opinion Lincoln's prosecution of war against the South amounted to the same thing. Good reading is Lincoln and Marx: An Unfinished Revolution.
Old Dawg Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 12:24 PM
The Supreme Court gutted income taxation as unconstitutional in 1895. It took a constitutional amendment - rammed through by the Progressives - to make it kosher.

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Jack2894 Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 9:51 AM
Don't let historical reality get in the way of a good story; Reagan never did.
Ronald Reagan, who was then a movie actor, delivered one of the greatest and most prophetic speeches of the 20th century, when he appeared before the Orange County Press Club on July 28, 1961.

Vital Speeches of the Day later published the full text under the headline, "Encroaching Control: Keep Government Poor and Remain Free."

Reagan made an alarming argument: Americans were slowly surrendering to socialism just as some socialists had predicted they would.

"Not too long ago," Reagan said, "Norman Thomas, six times a candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, commented that 'the American people would never knowingly...