The Living Age Volume 224

The Living Age Volume 224

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...But what use is there--what use has there ever been in repeating these things? On that very occasion I asked one of those deputies who are sure to vote with the majority whether he did not think Sig. For-tunato's speech a good one. "Oh, yes," he said, "Fortunate always speaks well, and he always leaves things exactly where he found them." There it is! This is a chord which vibrates but faintly in the breasts of our-politicians. For them, questions of this nature are simply ornamental! But, setting aside the ever-burning question between the North and the South, we must own that there is much truth in the contention of Sig. Negri. Who made this budget which is so hitterly criticized? We, ourselves! And how can we ever reform it, and adopt a wholly new line without first chang ing our own nature and reforming ourselves? The truth is, that a good many of our mistakes have not been more mistakes. They have sprung from ingrain faults of character. We knew very well what we were doing; but, either through personal or class vanity, we were resolved to do it. We have pursued the same course and made the same blunders whatever party was in power. The Right, when threatened with a formidable deficit, attempted to redress the balance by putting a tax on flour. The Left denounced this tax as iniquitous, because it fell more heavily upon the poor man than upon the rich, who eats proportionately less bread, and set up a crusade against it which proved successful. But when the Left came into power, what happened? The tax on ground wheat was abolished, but the tax on grain, which had been 1.60 lire, rose little by little to 7.50 lire. The government tax on home-grown flour was abolished in the inland communes, but in the more

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  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 839g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236984412
  • 9781236984418