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HUEY LONG

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Every Man a KingAnd, Long put numbers to his plan for distribution of wealth in Every Man a King:

1) a government property tax of 1% on all over $1,000,000 all singly-owned property, with an additional 1% added at each additional $1,000,000, and with the government taking all dollars that exceed $100,000,000; all dollars going to the "work among the people."

2) an inheritance tax where no one person can receive more than $5,000,000 during a lifetime, with any overage going directly to the government for "work among the people."

3) an income tax where no man can earn more than $1,000,000 in a year, with any overage, after taxes, going to the government for "work among the people."
(Long 338-339)

In 1934, realizing that the New Deal was a failure from his point of view, Long took his re-distribution of wealth message to the people in the form of Share Our Wealth Clubs in Louisiana. Similar to Coughlin's Christian Front platoons, Long encouraged people to unite as Share Our Wealth Clubs to study as well as to distribute literature to others. He sent noted anti-Semite, Rev. Gerald L. K. Smith, throughout the South to drum up support for the Share Our Wealth Clubs. Back on Capitol Hill, Long was drumming-up support for his program, when he addressed a group of Congressional interns with the following humorous summarization of his Share Our Wealth program in December 1934:

QuickTimeAudio How many men ever went to a barbecue and would let one man take off the table what's intended for 9/10th of the people to eat? The only way to be able to feed the balance of the people is to make that man come back and bring back some of that grub that he ain't got no business with!

Now we got a barbecue. We have been praying to the Almighty to send us to a feast. We have knelt on our knees morning and nighttime. The Lord has answered the prayer.  He has called the barbecue. "Come to my feast," He said to 125 million American people. But Morgan and Rockefeller and Mellon and Baruch have walked up and took 85 percent of the victuals off the table!

Now, how are you going to feed the balance of the people? What's Morgan and Baruch and Rockefeller and Mellon going to do with all that grub? They can't eat it, they can't wear the clothes, they can't live in the houses.

Giv'em a yacht!  Giv'em a Palace! Send 'em to Reno and give them a new wife when they want it, if that's what they want. But when they've got everything on God's loving earth that they can eat and they can wear and they can live in, and all that their children can live in and wear and eat, and all of their children's children can use, then we've got to call Mr Morgan and Mr Mellon an Mr Rockefeller back and say, come back here, put that stuff back on this table here that you took away from here that you don't need. Leave something else for the American people to consume. And that's the program.

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