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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THURSDAY. MARCH 19. 1414

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An Editorial
THE UNIVERSITY is giving itself
birthday parties this week at more than
100 spots on the globe. In one such locale
--the Detroit University Club-anniver-
sary sentiments rang far off key. An un-
written rule of the Club, which has no
connection with this University, barred a
Negro student from appearing at the
alumni gathering which was wishing well
to the University within its halls.
University Clubs, birthday celebrations
and-discrimination; the concepts Just
don't mix. It is impossible to sincerely
applaud universities when those they
graduate refuse to question such policies.
The issue is clear-cut and should be
immediately remedied on two counts. The
Club should without further- pressure get
rid of its unwritten but well understood
ban. The Detroit alumni association--and
for that matter any group in the same
position-should hold its meetings else-
where until discriminatory policies are
removed.
And the year-old student speakers bur-
eau can adopt an effective program in
sending representatives where all stu-
dents can speak or sending no one at all.
-The Senior Editors: Harry
Lunn, Erie Vetter, Virginia
Voss, Mike Wolff, Alice B.
Silver, Diane D. AuWerter,
Helene Simon
At HIl Auditorium .. .

An Unfortunate Decision

By DIANE D. AuWERTER
Daily Associate Editor'
ONE OF THE most regrettable facets of
the unsavory situation with the Detroit
University Club was the decision made by
the two "acceptable speakers" to go ahead
with their appearance.
The student leaders involved, Mike
Scherer, president of the literary college,
and Harry Lunn, Daily Managing Editor,
were justifiably upset when informed that
the third speaker would not be able to
attend because of his race. The decision
they then faced was whether to decline
to decline the invitation to protest the
discrimination or to attend as planned
and let the alumni know their sentiments
on the matter at the meeting.
Unfortunately, they chose the latter
course of action.
Had they elected not to go, they would
have strongly indicated to the Detroit group
that they disapproved of its policy. The ac-
tion would have created a definite stir
among the alumni, and perhaps have led to
positive results. At any rate, the alumni as-
sociation would be more careful about se-

lecting the site of the next meeting to which
student speakers would be invited.
These same results might be accomplish-
ed by attending the meeting, but it is doubt-
ful. Regardless of the sincerity of the stu-
dents in expressing disapproval, the fact of
their presence could tell against them in
the eyes of many alumni. It is hard to take
criticism seriously from someone who a few
minutes before has laughed across the ban-
quet table and enjoyed the company of the
people he is there to censure.
Whereas the inconvenience and awk-
wardness resulting from their failure to
attend would make the incident memor-
able, a few hasty words spoken after a
full meal have little permanent effect
and a followup letter will be relegated to
the files and quickly forgotten.
Lunn and Scherer do deserve some cre-
dit for protesting. But, they should realize
thata watered-down protest is at best a
second rate measure and likely to meet withj
scan results. A vigorous, patently sincere
stand on the issue was needed, and the de-
cision to "go ahead" was highly inadequate.

The Big Ones That Always Get Away
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ttep'4 TO THE E DITOR
The Daily welcomes communications from its readers on matters of
general interest, and will publish all letters which are signed by the writer
and in good taste. Letters exceeding 300 words in length, defamatory or
libelous letters, and letters which for any reason are not in good taste will
be condensed, edited or withheld from publication at the discretion of the
editors.

DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN

I

Double Talk on the Tax Issue

MYRA HESS, pianist

Bach: Fantasia In C minor; French Suite
No. 5, in G major.
Beethoven; Sonata in C minor, Op. 111
Haydn: Sonata, No. 7, in D major
Schumann: Etudes symphoniques, Op. 13
HE GENERAL belief that Myra Hess is
the outstanding piano soloist perform-
ing today was thoroughly substantiated last
night as a capacity Hill Auditorium house
witnessed not only her brilliant artistry and
interpretations but certainly the best pro-
graiming on the Choral Union series in
many a year.
Dame Myra of course understands a com-
poser's intentions like few soloists alive, but
never was a skill in planning a program so
that each piece was shown in its best light
more at hand. The concert centered its emo-
tional peak around the Beethoven sonata, its
virtuostic heights around the Schumann.
The Bach French Suite and Fantasia
were played with emphasis on their moods.
Each dance in the Suite had its own char.
ater, from the graceful flow of the Al-
lemande to the vitality of the Gigue, care
fully delineated and projected with lui-
dity of style, to give the work a well-
rounded and logical whole besides elegant-
ly bringing out its dance-like essence.
In stark contrast the program continued
with Beethoven's Sonata, Op. 111, his last
work for piano. It is a work of the utmost
drama, as indicated by the violent change
of mood between the introduction to the
first movement and the first movement it-.
self, or in a larger sense between the two
movements of the entire sonata. At the same
time it is a work exploiting extreme ranges
of the piano, and necessitating a huge tech-
nical accomplishment to bring out its struc-
ture. Dame Myra's performance was per-
feet; the concert reached such a point of in-
tensity that the intermission was a neces-
sary break after a high-powered and mean-
ingful musical experience.
That Dame Myra underplayed the dra-
matic quality of the Haydn sonata was all
in her favor, for coming so close after the
Beethoven its gay aspect.is all that would
be able to speak. The sonata is one of
Haydn's loveliest and wittiest; its effect on
the evening was like its scherzo.
The Schumann Etudes were showpieces
for Dame Myra's technique, and likewise her
ability at well-arched phrases. Again she was
able to bring fresh and vital moods to each
of the Etudes, but unlike the Bach French
Suite, the materials of the Schumann were
not so well conceived. No amount of artistic
moulding on Dame Myra's part could re-
lieve the work's length.
For encores Dame Myra played a short
piece of Schumann, a Brahms' Intermezzi,
a Scarlatti Sonata, and another piece of
Bach. An extra feature of the concert was
its dedication by the University Musical So-
ciety to the Centenary Anniversary of Stein.
way and Sons. No finer dedication or con-
clusion to the year's Choral Union series,
which the concert also was, could have taken
place.
-Donald Harris
IT HAS BEEN SAID by many homecoming
patriotic Americans: People abroad have
an exaggerated notion of that peculiar
American distemper which, for lack of a
better name, is called McCarthyism. This
applies particularly to those countries that
have known fascism: They have such in-
grained horror of that plague that they
cannot help being frightened when they
see its early symptoms in the leading nation
of the West. Many a visiting A rican has
been asked by Italian or German friends
whether he has a "safe address" or a "good
place to hide."

JUEDAY NIGHT'S speech by President
Eisenhower, a feeble attempt to ration-
alize and justify his tax program, was a
farce.
The message was filled with contradic-
tions and half-truths. The first part of
it was devoted to flag-waving and words
of praise for the economy program pur-
sued by the Republicans. Ike made the
startling revelation that without tax re-
venues the government couldn't carry out
its programs. Incidentally, the programs
he mentioned--slum clearance. and public
housing, increased unemployment insur-
ance, better farm and conservation poli-,
cies-have either been reduced or neglect-
ed altogether by the Republicans. This
does not deter Ike, however. His appeal
for public support of Administration tax
measures was based on the need for re-
venues to continue this largely fictitious
program.
It would be ridiculous, of course, to claim
that money isn't needed to finance even the
limited social welfare program that Eisen-
hower proposes. The point is that the mon-
ey for these programs, and the money need-
ed even more urgently for national defense,
can be derived from better and fairer sour-
ces than the President suggests.
What the entire tax-overhaul bill boils
down to is an attempt by the Eisenhower
Administration to provide tax relief for cor-
porations and their stockholders at a time
when Eisenhower himself admits that "the
loss of revenue would be a serious blow to
our government."
One of the provisions that the Presi-
dent claims is designed "to help those
among you who have made or who want
to make investments to help meet the
expenses of a growing family or of old
age" is the reduction in stockholders tax-
es. Mr. President, this is unadulterated
double-talk. People in middle or low in-
come groups don't invest in stocks exten-
sively, especially when they are expecting
a large family or planning for old-age
security. The only people the stock tax-
reduction would benefit are those who

have a substantial investment in stocks---
or, in other words, the high income groups.
More than three-fourths of the nation's
55 milion taxpayers earn $5,000 or less. Ac-
cording to figures released by the Demo-
cratic National Committee, this great ma-
jority of American taxpayers would get lit-
tle or no tax relief from the pending Re-
publican tax revision program. Two billion
dollars, or 95% of the reductions would go
to the upper one-fourth income bracket.
Thus, as Congressional Democrats point
out, the Eisenhower tax-reduction program
will not help those who are desperately in
need of help: the lower and middle income
groups. They have come up with a substi-
tute proposal which is much fairer. The
Democrats would knock out the stockholders
exemption clause and substitute an "increas-
ed exemption" clause which would increase
the personal income exemption from $600
to $700. Certainly, this proposal is more ap-
propriate help to those among us who are
in need of "aid to meet the expenses of a
growing family or of old age."
It would mean that the average worker,
with several children to care for, would be
allowed an extra $100 deduction for each of
his dependents. It would mean that the
aged, with only small incomes, would be
getting the proposed tax relief, rather than
a privileged few, who are much better able
to afford it.
President Eisenhower ,self-righteously
asserts that he is for "everybody paying
his fair share." He "simply doesn't believe
that anyone privileged to live in this
country wants someone else to pay his
own just and fair share of his govern-
ment."
Exactly, Mr. President! The "fair and
just share" of the tax burden must be car-
ried by those who are best able to carry it.
This is the philosophy behind the "ability-
to-pay" progressive income tax principle.
Especially in a time of unemployment, if a
tax cut is warranted it should go to those
who are greatest strained by the tax.
Please, Mr. President, less double-talk
and more help.
-Art Cornfeld

ON THE
Washington MeryEGo-Round
With DREW PEARSON

Skol.. .
To the Editor:
WE'LL TAKE Fran Sheldon's
"know it all" attitude over Eve
Kommel's holier-than-thou atti-
tude any day. Skol, Fran!
-Sally Lennington
Joan Bryan
*# * *
Sincere? .. .
To The Editor:
jT IS a very commonly expressed
opinion, even among "liberal" Re-
publicans and some conservative
Democrats, that "regardless of
what you think of McCarthy and
his methods, one must admit his
sincerity and his efforts in awak-
ening the American people to the
dangers of Communism," (to quote
Pat Cleary at a recent YR meet-
ing.) It is particularly with respect
to the question of McCarthy's sin-
cerity that I should like to pre-
sent certain pertinent facts in or-
der to expose the dangers of this
complacent attitude in blinding so
many to the true nature of Mc-
Carthyism.
It would seem reasonable to ex-
pect that anyone who claims to be
as devoted to and concerned with
a single issue-the struggle against
Communism - as McCarthy re-
peatedly assures us he is, would
be consistent in his hostility to
those against whom he is strtg-
gling. Yet consider the following
facts as reported by Guy Nunn, ra-
dio commenatator, in quoting from
the McCarthy Record.
1. McCarthy's first election to
the Senate in 1946 was made pos-
sible largely by the votes he re-
ceived from the Communists,
which though few in number con-
stituted the balance of power in
that election. During the Sena-
torial campaign McCarthy openly
accepted the Communist support,
despite the obvious shoddy inten-
tion of the Communists to defeat
the vigrously anti-Communist La-
Follette at any cost. He made no
effort, then or later, to disassociate
himself from this typical Commu-
nist maneuver.
In 1950, long after McCarthy
had taken up the "anti-Commu-
nist" struggle, Charles Davies, in-
disputably a paid agent of Mc-
Carthy, hired to dredge up or in-
vent political blackmail against
John Carter Vinson, was convict-
ed by a Swiss court for illegal Com-
munist activity. Both during and
after his conviction Davis insist-
ed McCarthy would not desert him,
but he did.
-Alfred Hunting, Grad,
* * *
Frozen Souls ...
To the Editor:
IN HIS article about Berlin stu-
dent life appearing in Tues-
day's Michigan Daily, Klaus Lie-
pelt gives us the one solution he
sees for the East German stu-
dent:
"For the only chance of thaw-
ing these freezing souls could be
provided by a period of educa-
tion in a Western institution."
I wonder if Mr. Liepelt had any
particular Western institutions in
mind? Could I suggest a few?
Perhaps M.I.T. would be good?
Professor Dirk Struik, a world-
famous mathematician, was sus-!
pended from the faculty there be-
cause he was indicted under a
Massachusetts law for conspiracy

tion was suspended because of his
refusal to testify before the House
Un-American Activities Commit-
tee.
Other Institutions which have
fired or suspended professors for
political reasons include the Uni-
versities of Minnesota, Washing-
ton, Oregon, and Nevada, Colum-
bia, U.C.L.A. and R.P.I.
For those frozen souls interested
in journalism I could suggest the
University of Georgia. There, the
student newspaper was censured
and threatened with withdrawal of
state funds if it again attacked ra-
cial- segregation in the schools.
In fact, I might suggest any ed-
ucational institute of higher learn-
ing in this country as an excellent
place for the thawing of the freez-
ing souls. Surely the fact (docu-
mented in The New York Times)
that professors and students alike
are afraid to speak up for the liber-
al side of politically controversial
issues is an asset, not a detriment.
Of udoubted great stimulation to
the thawing of frozen souls is the
fact that letters to the editor of
The Michigan Daily dealing with
politically controversial topics are
often used by the "subversive" sec-
tion of the Michigan State Police,
and the F.B.I., as part of the in-
formation gathered on students
in whom they are "interested."
And what could be more encour-
aging to the thawing of frozen
souls than the presence of "con-
tact men" of California campuses
who are working for the Califor-
nia Un-American Activities Com-
mittee with the purpose of report-
ing the political activities of pro-
fessors and students.
Perhaps we ought to give more
thought and time to the deteriora-
tion of the American institute of
higher learning, which deteriora-
tion is due in no small measure to
the fear and hysteria that is be-
coming a part of the American
Way of Life. And maybe we should
look more to our own souls and see
if they are not freezing because of
this educational deterioration.
--Paul Dormont
Wells Case . . .
To the Editor:
IWISH with this letter to call
attention to the case of Wesley
Robert Wells, a 44 year old Negro
who is sentenced to die in Califor-
nia on April 9.
A short letter can barely begin
to acquaint readers with this trag-
ic case, and must content itself
with listing several salient facts.
1. Wells is to lose his life for
throwing a cuspidor at a prison
guard. The guard returned to work
in four days.
2. Wells has been in prison since
committing theft as a teen-age
youth.
He received the death sentence
seven years ago, during which
time appeals have gone through
the courts.
3. Wells was sentenced to death
under Section 4500 of the Cal.
state penal code, under which an
assault on a guard is punishable
by death if the assailant is a life
prisoner. Wells, however, was un-
der an indeterminate sentence,
not a life sentence, and cannot'
legally come under this section of
the penal code.
4. Medical evidence was not ad-
mitted at Wells' trial, although the
examining psychiatrist claimed
that Wells was sick from "abnor-

The Daily Official Bulletin is an
official publication of the University
of Michigan for which the Michigan
Daily assumes no editorial responsi-
bility. Publication in it is construc-
tive notice to all members of the
University. Notices should be sent in
TYPEWRITTEN form to Room 2552
Administration Building before 3 p.m.
the day preceding publication (before
11 a.m. on Saturday).
THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 1954
VOL. LXIV, No. 116
Notices
Hearst Oratory Contest. This year's
local Hearst Oratory contest will be
held on Mon., Mar. 29, at 4 p.m. In 4203
Angell Hall. Undergraduate students
are invited to participate. No experi-
ence. Contestants should be prepared
to present an original six-minute
speech (quoted passages not to ex-
ceed one-third of the text) on some
phase of Abraham Lincoln. Local win-
ners in both the Junior (Freshman and
Sophomore years) and Senior (Senior
and Junior years) will receive a $50
bond and will represent the Universi-
ty in the state contest in May. The
national winner will receive a $1,000
bond. Interested students should con-
tact Mr. Esch in 3219 Angell Hall be-
fore Thurs., Mar. 25.
Camp Counselors. Mr..Ken Smith of
Camp Charlevoix will be interviewing
prospective men counselors for Camp
Charlevoix at the Michigan Union
Thursday morning, Mar. 18. Interested
persons should contact the Bureau of
Appointments, NO 3-1511, Ext. 2614, to
arrange for interviews.
Men and Women Camp Counselors.
Rev. William Heater of the Clear Lake
Camp will be interviewing prospective
counselors Thursday afternoon, Mar. 18.
For further information you may con-
tact the Bureau of Appointments,
NO 3-1511, Ext. 2614.
Applications for Fulbright Awards
for University lecturing and Advanced
Research, which are open to post-
doctoral students and faculty, should
be submited by April 15. The follow-
ing countries will be represented in
this years competition: Australia, Bur-
ma, Ceylon, India, New Zealand, Phil-
ippines, Thailand, Union of South Af-
rica. Application forms are available
from the Conference Board of Asso-
ciated Research Councils, Committee
on International Exchange of Per-
sons, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Wash-
ington 25, D.C. For further informa-
tion locally, pamphlets may be obtain-
ed at the office of the Graduate School.
The Following Student-Sponsored So-
cial Events are approved for the com-
ing week-end. Social chairmen are re-
minded that requests for approval for
social events are due in the Office of
Student Affairs not later than 12 o'clock
noon on the Monday prior to the event.
March 18, 1954
Jordan Hall and Phi Kappa Sigma
March 19, 1954
Delta Theta Phi
Graduate Student Council
Phi Delta Phi
Scott House
March 20, 1954
Alpha Chi Sigma
Alpha Kappa Psi
Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Sigma Phi
Beta Theta Pi
Chi Phi
Chi Psi & Theta Delta Chi
Cooley House
Delta Sigma PT
Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Tau Delta
Delta Theta Phi
Delta Upsilon
Gomberg House
Kappa Sigma
Michigan Christian Fellowship
Michigan House
Odonto Ball
Phi Delta Phi
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Kappa Sigma
Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Rho Sigma
Phi Sigma Delta
Phi Sigma Kappa
Reeves House
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Alpha Mu
Sigma Chi
Sigma Nu
Sigma Phi
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Slide Rule Ball
Theta Xi
Zeta Beta Tau
Zeta Psi
March 21, 1954
Delta Theta Phi
Gamma Phi Beta
Stockwell Hall
PERSONNEL REQUESTS.
F. J. Stokes Machine C., Philadelphia,
Pa., is seeking a recently graduated
engineer to be hired as a Sales Engineer

working from the company's Cincinnati
office. There will also be an opening
in the Sales organization for a June
engineering graduate.
The Hiliard Corp., Elmira, N.Y., is
interested in contacting June gradu-
ates in Mechanical Engineering for po-
sitions involving design, manufacture,
and application of various kinds of
clutches for industrial use.
Radcliffe College and Harvard Uni-
versity are sponsoring an eight weeks'
Summer Institute on Historical and Ar-
chival Management to be held from
June 23 to August 17. This is an in-
tensive course for men and women col-
lege graduates who are interested in
making a career in archival, historical
society, and museum work.
Canadair Limited, Montreal, Canada,
will have openings for June engineering
graduates in the following fields: de-
sign, dynamics aerodynamics, guided
hood to courageously resist Jim-
crow while struggling to make a
precarious living. Unspeakable
plots and cruelties practiced
against him would have killed a
weaker man. Racial hatred and le-
galistic red tape have robbed him
of the consideration due a human
being."
6. Many notables have appealed
to Gov. Goodwin J. Knight, Sac-
ramento, Cal., for clemency.
These include five members of
the Cal. state legislature, 16 re-
ligious and community organi-

missilles, stress analysis, and test and
development.
For additional information about
these and other employment oppor-
tunities, please contact the Bureau of
Appointments, 3528 Administration
Bldg., Ext. 371.
Lectures
American Chemical Society Lecture,
Thurs., Mar. 18, 8 p.m., 1300 Chemistry
Building, Prof. D. S. Tarbell of the
University of Rochester will speak on
"Some Problems in the Field of Or-
ganic Sulfur Compounds."
"Passion for Life," an outstanding
French documentary film with English
subtitles, will be shown in the Archi-
tecture Auditorium, Saturday morning
from 10:30 to 12:00. Produced by Jean-
Paul Le Chanois for the French Min-
istry of Education, it is sponsored by
the United Nations Film Board and
brought to the campus by Education
A102 (Mr. Ronald Anderson). Pubil
cordially invited.
Academic Notices
Women's Physical Education Classes.
All classes in the women's Physical Ed-
ucation Program will have the oppor-
tunity of a swim in the new pool on
Wednesday and Thursday of this week
at the regular class hour. Swimmers are
asked to furnish caps and a non-wool
suit. A limited number of suits will e
available at the pool.
Preliminary Instruction-Water Safe-
ty Instructors' Course. All those plan-
ning to take this course must attend a
preliminary session. The last opportu-
nity will be this Fri., Mar. 1, at 7:30
p.m. at the Tappan Junior High Swim-
ming Pool. Sign up at Red Cross Head-
quarters, Nickels Arcade. All candidates
must be 18 years of age and hold a cur-
rent Senior Life Saving Certificate.
Recreational Leadership Class-Wom--
en's Required Physical Education. Class
will meet at the Women's Swimming
Pool on Fri., Mar. 19, at 3 p.m. Bring a
non-wool suit and a cap. A limited
number of suits will be available at
the pool.
Women's Swimming Pool. Recreation-
al swimming for upperclass women is
scheduled for this week as follows;
Wednesday 4:15-5:30
Friday 4:15-5:30
Saturday 10-12; 2-5:30
Sunday 3-5
Please sign up ahead of time for
these swims at the desk at the Women's
Athletic Building. Swimmers must show
I.D. cards and are asked to furnish caps
and a non-wool suit. A limited number
of suits will be available at the pool.
Course 402, the Interdisciplinary Sem-
inar in the Application of Mathematica
to the Social Sciences, will meet on
Thurs., Mar. 18, at 4 p.m., in 3409 Ma-
son Hall. Mr. Stefan vail of the Sco-
nomics Department will speak on "elI-
ing Behavior under Uncertainty."
Seminar in Applied Mathematics will
meet Thurs., Mar. 18, at 4 in 247 Rest
Engineering. Speaker: Professor C. L.
Dolph. Topic: The estimation of solu-
tions of elliptical boundary value prob-
lems by the method of Treftz and Ray
leigh-Ritz.
Logic Seminar will meet Fri., Mar.
19, at 4 p.m., Room 411 Mason Hall.
Dr. MNaughton will discuss Tarsk'
results on "Decidable Theories." T
Potential Theory Seminar will meet
on Fri., Mar. 19, at 4 p.m., 3010 Angell
Hall. Mr. R. Wasserman will continue
to talk on some explicit potential func-
tions and their implications.
The results of the language examina-
tion for the M.A. in history are posted
in 3601 Haven Hall.
Concerts
Student Recital. John McCreary, or-
ganist, will present a program at 8:30
Thursday evening, Mar. 18, in Hill Au-
ditorium, in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the degree of Bachelor
of Music. It will include works by Cou-
perin, Le Grand, Bach, Franck, Mes-
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WASHINGTON-While the nation has
been intrigued, mystified and absorbed
in the McCarthy-Cohn-Schine fight with
the Army; the nation's most important and
complicated tax bill in 20 years is almost
totally ununderstood in the House of Re-
presentatives.
With only a few days to study its 875
intricate pages, no Congressman no mat-
ter how conscientious could possibly vote
intelligently on this bill. Even Treasury
Department experts who helped write the
bill admit that certain sections don't turn
out to mean what was intended. The on-
ly thing the experts agree on is that for -
years to come the tax lawyers will make
money interpreting the kinks of this bill.
Democratic members of the House of Re-
presentatives, however, have decided-with
the exception of one man-to send the bill
back to the Ways and Means Committee
with instructions to change only one sec-
tion. They would eliminate the provision
whereby those who receive dividends- are
given a preferred status over those who
earn salaries and wages. In its place Demo-
crats would substitute a $100 increase in
personal tax exemption, thereby helping
lower bracket taxpayers and taking about
7,000,000 people off the tax rolls.
REPUBLICANS ON SPOT
WHEN IT COMES to a vote to recommit
the tax bill, about 20 Republican Con-
gressmen are on the spot. In the past they
introduced bills to increase the' personal
exemption of individual taxpayers, and now
they are called upon by President Eisen-
hower, Speaker Joe Martin and the GOP

Rogers of Massachusetts, aren't going to do
any explaining. Mrs. Rogers plans to vote
her convictions and with the Democrats,
regardless of the urging of GOP leaders.
BOILING DEMOCRATS
W HAT MAKES Democratic Congressmen
so sore about the Administration's bill
is first, the loopholes favoring big business;
second, the manner in which the bill was
rammed through the Ways and Means Com-
mittee.
The Ways and Means Committee is
charged with writing the nation's tax
laws. In the past this has been done by
both Democratic and Republican mem-
bers, usually over a period of many
months.
What irked the Democrats, however, is
that this time, the tax bill was drafted by
the Republicans separately, then handed to
the Democrats. Then it was rammed
through the committee in six weeks, before
the Democrats had any real chance to con-
sider it.
Since the bill is 875 pages long, and goes
into the most minute and complicated pro-
visions, it takes careful study and the ad-
vice of tax lawyers to get any idea of what's
in it. Despite this, Ways and Means Com-
mittee members were not permitted to take
copies of the bill outside the committee
room for study overnight. Chairman Dan
Reed, tax czar of Congress, forbade it. Reed
required each member to surrender his copy
as he left the committee room.
"How can we vote intelligently on these
provisions unless we can study them over-
night?" protested - Congressman Wilbur

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