Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Today -100: August 23, 1917: Loyal Americanism is mocked at and the police stand by indifferent


The full Senate overturns the Finance Committee’s proposed tax increases in favor of a Robert La Follette proposal for higher income tax on the rich in steeply progressive tax rates reaching 50% for incomes over $1 million.

This will be reversed tomorrow.

Cleveland Moffett of the Vigilantes Committee in NYC and 100 or so of his vigilantes (still, just barely, a term “respectable” people could apply to themselves) attend a meeting of the Friends of Irish Freedom. Moffett tries to get the cops to arrest Stephen Johnson for saying not-nice things about US ally England. And Johnson tries to get the cops to arrest Moffett. The cops aren’t biting. Moffett complains, “Loyal Americanism is mocked at and the police stand by indifferent.”

At the hearings into possible impeachment charges against Texas Gov. James Ferguson, he refuses to say who lent him $150,000 to pay off his bank debts.


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