Republicans Quotes

One of the foundations of our American civilization is equality of opportunity, which presupposes the right of each man to enjoy the fruits of his labor after contributing his fair share to the support of the Government, which protects him and his property. But that is a very different matter from confiscating a part of his wealth, not because the country requires it for the prosecution of a war or some other purpose, but because he seems to have more money than he needs.

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Andrew W. Mellon.
334504/01/1924 | Full Details | Law(s): Tax: Estate

These taxes are a levy upon capital. There is no requirement in our law, as there is in the English law, that the proceeds from estate taxes shall go into capital improvements of the Government. In other words, capital is being destroyed for current operating expenses and the cumulative effect of such destruction cannot fail to be harmful to the country.

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Andrew W. Mellon.
334204/01/1924 | Full Details | Law(s): Tax: Estate

[Taxing the rich] was supported by the Socialist party, the Populist party, and by the Democratic party with a few honorable exceptions, simply as a means of re-distributing the wealth.

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Senator Nelson Aldrich (R-RI), 1909
325101/01/1909 | Full Details | Law(s): Tax: Income

The child will become a very dominant factor in the household and might refuse perhaps to do chores before six a.m. or after seven p.m. or to perform any labor.

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Senator Weldon Heyburn (R-ID). Only date available: 1908.
390801/01/1908 | Full Details | Law(s): Child labor

We have no authority until the meat becomes commerce. You see we have a right to control commerce, but not manufacture. I have the belief that it would be better if the Federal Government had general power to enact police powers for the protection of the people against impure and unwholesome foods, if it could stop with that…There is not one single thing in the Federal Constitution that expressly confers upon Congress any police power whatever, and by police power I mean the power to enact laws for the preservation of the public health, the public morals, and the public peace.

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E.D. Crumpacker (R-IN). Testimony, House Committee on Agriculture.

I know those packing houses as well as I know the corridors of the capitol [i.e.: not particularly well, he only served one term in DC]...there is not a kitchen of a rich man in this city, or any other, that is any cleaner, if it is as clean, as those places...Of course, you know the sort of men many of the laborers in the packing houses are—foreigners of a low grade of intelligence...If those men happen to spit, they are likely to spit, but it doesn’t go on the meat.

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Rep. Charles Wharton (R-IL), congressman for Chicago’s meat-packing district.
328405/26/1906 | Full Details | Law(s): Meat Inspection Act of 1906

Such accidents are little short of deliberate suicide. No legislation can reach such cases as this.

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West Virginia’s chief mine inspector, James Paul. 1903.
311101/01/1903 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Mine Safety

It is but the natural course of mining events that men should be injured and killed by accidents.

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Republican Governor G. W. Atkinson (1896-1901.)
311001/09/1901 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Mine Safety

[This is] Class legislation and attempts of the majority to spoliate private property [that] would ultimately wreck the American republic.

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Complete quote can be found in the Albany Law journal. http://bitURL.net/bjap
324603/16/1895 | Full Details | Law(s): Tax: Income

[This tax is based upon] principals as communistic, socialistic—what shall I call them—populistic as ever have been addressed to any political assembly in the world.

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Joseph Choate, a New York Republican, was the an anti-tax lawyer arguing before the court. 1895.
324803/07/1895 | Full Details | Law(s): Tax: Income

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