**A Post By Shifra**
There are many perplexing questions that have yet to be answered. For example:
Hamlet: To be or not to be?
Physicists: Does the Boson-Higgs particle really exist?
Biologists: Why do lemmings commit mass suicide in the oceans?
Me: How could Liberals be SO STUPID?
How did this
Dumb [email protected] incompetent candidate become POTUS?
Thanks to a ‘cabaret tax,’ millions of Americans said goodbye to Swing Music. A lot fewer said hello to bebop….
With millions of young men coming home from World War II—eager to trade their combat boots for dancing shoes—the postwar years should have been a boom time for the big bands that had been so wildly popular since the 1930s. Yet by 1946 many of the top orchestras—including those of Benny Goodman, Harry James and Tommy Dorsey—had disbanded. Some big names found ways to get going again, but the journeyman bands weren’t so lucky. By 1949, the hotel dine-and-dance-room trade was a third of what it had been three years earlier. The Swing Era was over….
In 1944, a new wartime “cabaret tax” went into effect, imposing a ruinous 30% (later merely a destructive 20%) excise on all receipts at any venue that served food or drink and allowed dancing….
The tax hit not just swells, but anyone who liked to go out dancing—which in those days included just about everyone who went out at all….
Long after the war ended, the cabaret tax persisted. By 1956 the musicians union was bemoaning that two-thirds of its members—many of them former big-band performers—were “unemployed or are unable to make the major portion of their livelihood from music.” When Rep. Thomas Pelly (R., Wash.) in 1957 argued that musicians and entertainers were “under the lash” of the tax, other lawmakers suggested the solution wasn’t to repeal the tax, but to provide musicians with federal grants.
The cabaret tax dropped to 10% in 1960 and was finally eliminated in 1965. By then, the Swing Era ballrooms and other “terperies” were long gone, and public dancing was done in front of stages where young men wielded electric guitars.
So, there you have it. Progressive “thinking” (and I use the term very loosely): Tax an industry (or a dance craze) to death, and then, offer gubmint money in an effectual (and senseless) attempt to revive the dying enterprise.
One would think that Liberals might learn from the past. They don’t.
Which leads to perhaps the most important question of all, posed by Tammy, several years ago, to the DB.
And I think it applies to all Leftists, everywhere:
WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU???