Intermission: "Taxes Will Keep Democracy on the March"

Happy April 15. Back during World War II, we knew how to sell the public on the importance of taxes. This propaganda video from Disney is pretty heavy. I suppose the threats were a little more palpable back then, though. "Taxes to improve the electric grid" doesn't have the same urgency as "Taxes to bury the Axis!"


Why is the duck who makes the case for taxes Scottish? Apparently there's a stereotype (this is news to me) that Scottmen are savers. And it seems that this Scottish duck became the model for Scrooge McDuck.

Via Ezra Klein

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"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

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