Elementary Community Civics

Elementary Community Civics

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... and receiving a very large salary. He thinks that this is not fair. Sometimes people who never did a stroke of work in their lives inherit enough money to keep them in luxury all their days. They will say, "Well, my father worked hard for it. Why shouldn't I get the benefit of it?" But to a poor man this view does not seem fair. He does not see why the person who works hardest should not have the highest A RICH MAN'S RESIDENCE. It takes the entire time of at least one man to look after these grounds. Is the community better off because of this expense? Is a man who can afford to maintain such a place under any obligation to the community? salary. He becomes discontented, indifferent, and unwilling to do his best. Some people think that, if it were not possible for a person to get an abundance of riches which he did nothing to earn the good things of life would be more evenly distributed. They declare that a very high inheritance tax would help to solve the problem. They also believe that big incomes should be taxed very heavily, with a higher rate per cent collected as the size of the income increases. Under such laws a person who inherited a large sum of money or whose yearly income was high would have to give a great deal of it to the government. It would then be used for public expenses, and the tax on the other, poorer people would be very much less. Of course, such inheritance laws could be evaded in part by a man's giving his money and property to the people to whom he wishes to give it, before he dies, instead of making a will. "Money means power" seems to be the viewpoint of most Americans. And too often this is really true in a bad sense. Money has many evil influences. It is used wrongly in business. People use it...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236543181
  • 9781236543189