85th General Assembly
STATE OF INDIANA
House Concurrent Resolution No. 2
INDIANA needs no guardian and intends to have none. We Hoosiers — like the people of our sister states — were fooled for quite a spell with the magician’s trick that a dollar taxed out of our pockets and sent to Washington, will be bigger when it comes back to us. We have taken a good look at said dollar. We find that it lost weight in its journey to Washington and back. The political brokerage of the bureaucrats has been deducted. We have decided that there is no such this as “federal” aid. We know that there is no wealth to tax that is not already within the boundaries of the 48 states.
SO WE PROPOSE henceforeward to tax ourselves and take care of ourselves. We are fed up with subsidies, doles, and paternalism. We are no one’s stepchild. We have grown up. We serve notice that we will resist Washington, D.C., adopting us.
BE IT RESOLVED by The House of Representatives of The General Assembly of the State of Indiana, The Senate concurring: That we respectfully petition and urge Indiana’s Congressman and Senators to vote to fetch our county court house and city halls back from Pennsylvania Avenue. We want government to come home. Resolved, further, that we call upon the legislatures of our sister states and on good citizens everywhere who believe in the basic principles of Lincoln and Jefferson to join with us, and we with them to restore the American Republic and our 48 states to the foundations built by our fathers.
Adopted by House, January 13, 1947
Adopted by Senate, January 22, 1947
Introduced by Mr. George Henley of Bloomington and Mr. Lothair Tector of Hagerstown
This resolution was originally published in Essays on Liberty, Vol VI