H. L. Mencken

Écrite durant la grande dépression (1933), une citation du journaliste et satirise Américain H. L. Mencken, alias « le sage de Baltimore », qui résume assez bien pourquoi les États-Unis ont été décotés cette semaine:

« There is, indeed, no genuine disposition among American public officials, or indeed among public officials anywhere, to reduce public expenses. As I have pointed out in this place a hundred times, they always try to lay on at least $2 every time they save $1. The saving gets brilliant headlines in the newspapers, but the new waste is disguised as a scheme to end the Depression, or even as a scheme to reduce taxes. This last dodge is now being worked again, and before our very eyes. »