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Balancing the Budget by Increasing the Saloons
The draft of the national budget as presented to parliament contains an item that has aroused the indignation of all hygienists. Some means must be found to balance the national budget, which shows a deficit of 3,000,000,000 francs ($144,000,000). The members of the chamber of deputies have not the courage to reduce expenses by lowering the salaries of countless clerks and petty officials; by the reduction of pensions, which have reached an enormous height; by eliminating the waste represented by social insurance—all of them expenditures that were launched during the period of prosperity and from which the beneficiaries will not permit reductions. It appears that the sole interest of the deputy is the promotion of his reelection, even though that is accomplished at the expense of the general welfare. Already the appropriation granted to the ministry of public health has been greatly reduced,
PARIS. JAMA. 1933;101(2):151. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740270055021
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