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They hate Trump so much they're willing to . . . give up the personal income tax?

• by Vin Suprynowicz

Back in 1919 — exactly a century ago — New York state's politicians announced they faced a "revenue shortfall." (That's what greedy politicians always call it when they've bought votes by overspending their income, as in "I bought that nice speedboat and trailer, and jewelry for my mistress, and now that it's time to buy groceries for the family I seem to be facing a 'revenue shortfall.' I wonder how much I can get if I put a tax on kids' lemonade stands?")

The end of the First World War in November 1918 meant New York munitions factories faced a steep drop in profits, you see, reducing the revenue the state government had been bringing in with its "corporate tax." At the same time, it was clear that alcohol would soon be banned across the country. (A double whammy!)

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