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March 17, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(11):865-866. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690380049021

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The Falling Birth Rate and the Tax-Paying Classes  This country can now be divided into two classes—those who pay taxes and derive no benefit from them except the usual ones, the preservation of order and the maintenance of our defenses, and those who, if they pay taxes at all, pay little and whose main concern is the advantages they can derive from the taxes paid by others. As a result of the socialistic trend of our legislation in recent years the burdens imposed on taxpayers have become too onerous for many worthy self-supporting citizens who cannot afford to bring up families. Their low birth rate causes concern to eugenists, who say that we are reproducing slowest from our best stock. In a joint letter to the Times, Major Leonard Darwin (president of the Eugenics Society), Prof. Elliot Smith and other eugenists argue that the allowance for children made in taxation

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