Visual display of the Aldo Leopold papers : 9/25/10-2 : Organizations, Committees

				
 
 
 
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income and ability to pay. But there are new problems; the heavy taxes of
the 
 
fautre will greatly influence the operation of the whole eoonoy. Over the

 
long past many people have come to believe that taxes are just so mch money

 
wasted. Public waste is never advisable. But we do nee4 to see that tsaes

 
are a part of the great balance wheel of the econoum. High taxes in prosperous

 
times and r    oee taxes when depression threatens can help stabilize our

 
economic opportunities. 
 
          In the transition from war to pee we are almost eertain to hWe

 
uineyloaemt in many sections of the eoonomy. Unless these Ueressione are

 
localised with promt and vigorous pblie action we may be nulled into a 
 
terrible depression. In fast, for 4eoades the threat of depression may not

 
be far avaq. 7or these reasons, it Is desirable that ve have both $step-gep#

 
and long xae plans for direst publie Investments to supplement private 
 
efforts. 
 
          the rural people of Wlseonsin should e   lne the opportuaities
for 
 
public Investments in their own comnuities so that they will be able to 
 
participate in any possible future projects. Some public fieetments obvious-

 
ly will be needed - schools, community senters, gnd rosas, for emploe. But

 
it is also desirable that the rural people of Wisconsin consider how public

 
exenditures may be made on private lane, or for private interests which also

 
serve the public interests. Nov far should we go in spending public money
to 
 
Invest in erosion control, or weedlot conservation, or improved sanitation
en 
 
private farms or houses? It does not require mush planning to spend monesy

 
but we need earefal thought by citisens and public servants alike to carry
out 
 
a public investment program that actually promotes both public purposes and

 
private welfare.