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Still In The Ring

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Tuesday's Washington dispatches contained the interesting informatie n that Senators McMillan and Stockbridge had had enough of Gov. Rich, and that accordingly his name would be taken off the gubernatorial slate, and that of Coi. A. T. Bliss, of Saginaw, substituted therefor. But why is this thus? Is it due to the recent exposure at Lansing and the efforts of the governor to renovate the augean stables of the g. o. p.? ít can hardly be possible that this sudden deterraination to cut short the political career of his excellency is due to his efforts to serve the people instead of whitewashing the members of his political household who may be ín need of such an application. Possibly it may be an effort to recompense Gen. Alger for getting off the senatorial track, by favoring Alger's long time political adherent and former staff officer, Col. Bliss for governor. Then again, this contemplated departure from party usage and custom may be attributable to a desire to get Pingree out of the list of possible candidates for the senatorship by tempting him with the gubernatorial persimmon. But whatever the purpose may be, an effort to.thus summarily dispose of Rich will make a right merry old fight; because, while the governor may be a little disfigured at present, he informs the public that he is still in the ring. Under the protective system the consumer is required to pay taxes, not alone for the support of government, but for the benifit of individuals who engage in favored industries. Under this cheme of taxing the whole people for the purpose of enriching a class, stupendous profits have been made by the favored few, and fabulous fortunes have accumulated in the hands of manufacturing lords, standard oil magnates, coal barons, sugar trust operators, railroadkings and steel andiron monopolists. Labor, the principal factor in the production of all this wealth, is denied the full measure of its earnings, and at the same time is forced to do more than its proportionate share toward the support of the government. It is high time, therefore, that some method of raising revenue be adopted whereby the wealth of the country will be compelled to bear a larger part of the government burden. An income tax will do this and will at the same time be just and equitable. It will place the burden of administration upon those who are strongest and who receive the largest benefits under the laws, and the greatest araouQt of governmental protection. While the democratie party is not cbarged specifically with the duty of passing an income tax law, it is charged with the duty of reducing taxes on necessaries and increasing those on luxuries, and in that declaration lies the principie of the income tax. Taxes cannot be reduced on necessaries and a sufficient revenue raised for the expenses of the government without imposing new taxes. In this emergency the decisión to tax incomes is eminently wise and just, and it should receive the earnesf support of every citizen who believes in just and equal taxation.


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