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For example, could another income tax system, particularly one that has a level rate, possibly raise as much money from the top 10 percent of the people, which generally are those who earn above $60,000 or $70,000 now? Maybe we'll know the answer one of these days, if Americans ever get what so many have wanted: an absolutely "flat" tax. However, for the foreseeable future, we do have to deal with the "man bites dog" syndrome that leads people to view taxes much more skeptically than perhaps they would or should if they looked at the figures.

America's founders designed it that way. They created a huge, representative body, largely reactive, slow to respond to hues and cries, anything but monolithic. Our Congress is a truly unique institution. Based to a great extent on the English Parliament, it bears some resemblance to other national legislatures. It is, though, different in many respects from each of them. The income tax structure, which Congress has produced, also is not precisely like any other. Even as it has been changed, with some frequency, it has remained one-of-a-kind.

He benefited from his relationship to Mayor Daley through a direct telephone line to his congressional office. The Cooke County delegation used to meet there regularly. Mayor Daley was a bright-enough, sophisticated-enough man to know that if he wanted to project his power into the Congress of the United States, the best way to do it was through an agent on the Ways and Means Committee who could participate in the assignment of young Democratic congressmen from the Midwest to productive committee posts.

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