Tuesday, May 05, 2009

His old man left him the paper

The "taxpayer" is always "overburdened," but it occurs to me as I write that he is always represented in editorial cartoons as a small, shabby man in underclothes and a barrel (the kind of fellow who if he had a wife, two children and no imagination would be caught for an income tax of about $8) and never as an unmistakably rich man, like, say, the proprietor of a large newspaper. The man in the barrel is always warned that a frivolous project like medical care for his aging parents is likely to double his already crushing tax burden. The implication is that the newspaper owner is above worrying about his parents, and of course he is, because his old man left him the paper.
-- A.J. Liebling, "The deserving rich"


Blogger Strayhorn said...

Oof. Paging Pinch. Pinch to the white courtesy phone . . .

12:19 PM, May 05, 2009  

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