manufacturers could not access Steenbock's
On August 2, 1886, Congress passed a statute imposing an excise tax on the manufacture of oleomargarine
. (174) Section 6 of the statute placed a duty on manufacturers to properly label their packages of oleomargarine
in a manner "as the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, shall prescribe" and provided criminal penalties for violation of the duty.
Even with the recognized legalization of oleomargarine
, its import was tightly regulated, at least to the level of, and sometimes exceeding, the controls on liquor.
The butter industry's fight against oleomargarine
as a "fake" product is also part of this.
manufacturing processes, which makes oleo look like, smell like and taste like butter, the present laws are absolutely essential for the protection not only of the dairy industry but of the consumer as well." The speaker referred to laws prohibiting sale of yellow-colored oleo, even though it was plainly labeled as oleomargarine
[If you get stuck, substitute Vaseline, Mentholatum, Listerine, and Oleomargarine
(110) The measure in question dealt with subjects ranging from oleomargarine
to surface mining and was offered as a single amendment.
It is difficult to conjure up regulations requiring a powerful dairy lobby to color butter a shade of pink so as not to confuse users of oleomargarine
, (14) or permitting everyone to prescribe eyeglasses except the well-organized optometrists.
but it overlooks the practices and logics of the appropriations process, imaginatively placed amendments, and incrementalism by way of small bills." My editorial method, in contrast, tends to capture these smaller legislative moments, including such issues as child vaccination (enacted in the 103d) and repeal of the oleomargarine
tax (enacted in the 81st after stalemating in the 80th).
677, 687-88 (1892) (prohibiting the Secretary of the Treasury from making the failure to keep oleomargarine
records punishable by law in the absence of a clear legislative command requiring the keeping of such records); see also Mark D.
"Why we are turning out oleomargarine
now by the thousands of tons.
678 (1888) (no compensation required in wake of statute banning sale of oleomargarine