Item Info

Item No: pixc00314
Title: "Why Not Now?"
Additional Title: "Why Not Now?"
Publication Year: 1932
Media Type: Cartoons (Commentary)
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Created for Evening Public Ledger, date unknown.


Uncle Sam asks the Senate why they won't approve the sales tax bill as the government/economy struggles under deficit.

"Together, Hoover and Mills formulated the most brutal peacetime revenue bill the country had ever seen. The bill called for a rise in estate taxes from 23 percent to 45 percent, an increase in personal income taxes from 23 percent to 45 percent, a rise in corporation taxes, a sales tax, a drastic modification of capital gains advantages."

 --Gene Smith The Shattered Dream (William Morrow and Company, 1970)

"The Senate struggled with the revenue bill, in part because the upcoming presidential election in November made cooperation between Democrats and Republicans difficult. To break the impasse, the President made a surprise appearance before the Senate at noon on May 31 to discuss the urgent need for the bill."

  • "When Did the Federal Government Begin Collecting the Gas Tax?" Highway History. U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 17 Oct. 2013. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.

Creator Name: Sykes, Charles Henry, 1882-1942 - Artist