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Why Prohibition! - Charles Stelzle

Why Prohibition!
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Ill How Much do We Spend for Liquor? You have heard it said that we spend every year in this country two billion dollars for liquor. Two billion dollars! You can't even guess how much money this is? mostly because mighty few of us have ever handled more than two hundred dollars at any one time. Just for the fun of it, let's write it this way: $2,000,000,000.00. All you can say is that it is a lot of money. But perhaps you will get a better idea of how much it is by comparing our drink bill with some other bills in the United States. So here goesi? It's three times as much as we spend to maintain all of our public schools. It's one-fourth more than the total assets of the over 7,000 building and loan associations in this country. It's twice the capital in all the national banks. It's one-tenth the value of all farm property, including land, buildings, machinery and animals. It's as much as it costs to operate all our railroads. It's as much as we raised for the first Liberty Loan. It's almost twice the value of all church property in the United States. We Americans spend $3,800 every minute of the day for liquor. That's the price of a fairly comfortable home for the average workingman. What does it mean to throw away a working- man's home every minute of the day for twenty-four hours? It means 1,440 homes every day. It means 535,600 every year. Counting five persons to a home, it means that nearly 3,000,000 persons could be comfortably housed on the amount we waste on drink every year. It was said just before the present war that ours is a "billion dollar government"?that is, we spent one billion dollars a year to run the various departments of the Federal Government in peace times. But we spent for liquor just twice the a...


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