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American Business and the U.S. Government
This paper discusses that the government of the United States grew markedly during the 20th century, which has had a negative effect on American business by means of taxes and regulations.
# 46607 | 1,460 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper explains that, from the beginning of the 20th century, the size of the government increased, especially when Franklin Delano Roosevelt seized all privately owned gold and introduced other sweeping legislation that encroached on the private sector. The author points out that, after the Second World War and the Cold War, the rate of government intrusion into business slowed. The paper concludes that, currently, businesses in the United States suffers less under regulations and tax burdens than at other points in the 20th century.

From the Paper:

"The first major intrusion of the federal government into business in the 20th century happened after the Wall Street panic of 1907, which precipitated a brief depression. In that crisis, there was a run on bank deposits; at that time, the government set the price of gold and people could freely exchange gold for currency. J. P. Morgan offered to under-write many of the banks and the New York Stock Exchange. Following the crisis, however, the Federal Reserve System was established in 1913. Also at that time, the first income tax was introduced, although this only applied to the very wealthy. Dividends were also taxed for the first time, increasing the burden on corporations, which were taxed for the first time in 1909. Progressives, including Theodore Roosevelt, opposed a laissez-faire approach to business. They were able to introduce the Food and Drug Administration and a food purity act in 1906."

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