We doubt very much if any real American wishes the expenses of his government to be collected from murderers, racketeers and booze runners in the guise of fines. This nation has not yet sunk to level of morality of the Anti-saloon league, which apparently is willing to accept a split on the profits of crime. If kidnapping were punishable by fine, we suppose the league would encourage more Lindbergh-baby cases, in order to "reduce taxes" with the fines. Well---
We are in the main, a decent people, and we want decent government, run by honest dollars. We can get these honest dollars. We can get those honest dollars by legalized beer, taxing it moderately, and ceasing to pour millions into the bottomless pit of futile "enforcement." Why not do these simple things, instead of following the Anti-saloon method of profiting from crime?
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