The Debates of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Iowa; Assembled at Iowa City, Monday, January 19, 1857

The Debates of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Iowa; Assembled at Iowa City, Monday, January 19, 1857 : Being a Full ... Report of the Debates and Proceedings Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ... the privilege of ruining themselves if they please, by following out this mania to its fullest extent. That reason will induce mc to vote in such a way as will impose the greatest restraint upon the action of the peope in this respect, and not defeat the Constitution entirely. _ And I would suggest another idea here in rogard to this matter. In that portion of our Constitution which has been ordered to a third reading, we have provided that the State shall not have power to impose n. debt upon the State of more than two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, either directly or indirectly. Now, this provision before us, with all the restrictions proposed to be placed upon it, will allow tho people of this state to create a debt which in the aggregate will amount, perhaps, to between fifteen and twenty millions of dollars. Suppose that a majority of the voters in each county in this state shall decide to take the privilege conferred on them by this provision, and create a debt of one hundred thousand dollars or two hundred thousand dollars, or even five hundred thousand dollars each; we will find that the state will eventually have a debt imposed upon it, from which to extricate ourselves, will require all our ability. What would be the inevitable result of incorporating in this Constitution the provision that the majority in any county may cotrol the purses of the minority? Why the counties in which the majority have settled upon the people this debt, having become burdened with it', will perhaps endeavor to throw off that debt, and they will go into our legislative halls and compel the minority there to make these a debts a State debt, either by passing a legislative enactment providing for an amendment of the Constitution to more

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  • Paperback | 612 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 31mm | 1,075g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123690897X
  • 9781236908971