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Prohibition in the 1920sThe year is 1923 and the production consumption and sale of alcohol in the US has been illegal ever since the prohibition movement successfully persuaded Congress to ratify the eighteenth amendmentthree years ago Mr John Krause an antiprohibitionist is presenting this speech to the US House of Representatives in order to convince them to abolish prohibitionProhibitionSomewhere in the Bible it says If thy right hand offend thee cut it off I used to think this point of view was extremely radical until I learned of the prohibitionist s interpretation What Cut off my own hand because it offends me Why should I be the only one to lose their hand Let s get rid of all right hands then I am certain that mine won t land me in trouble The prohibitionists have utilized this way of thinking to rid the US of all alcohol With the loss of money and relative inefficiency associated with prohibition the government needs to amend the eighteenth amendment so not to succumb to the values of the religious sects behind the prohibition movement Since Congress ratified the eighteenth amendment as least one billion dollars a year is lost to the National Government in excise taxes Part of this money once intended for the government to spend on schools and roads now falls into the hands of bootleggers who are illegally smuggling alcohol into the US The remainding funds are given in forms of bribes to local officials so they can look the other way as bootleggers smuggle their contraband through state lines Not only do public officials accomadate the illegal smuggling of acohol but the Treasury department does also The bootlegging industry has created a demand for bills of unusually large denominations In 1922 two-hundred and eighty-seven million dollars worth of ten-thousand dollar bills were issued Ask yourself what kind of buisness man deals in ten-thousand dollar bills Definitely not an honest one These large
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