New Outlook Volume 100

New Outlook Volume 100

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...of its platform of 1908, 'including the clause demanding a revision of the tariff with the obvious intent that the revision should be downward. " Isn't it plain that instead of seeing a law turned out by Congress in the way that the Payne Law was tumed out, and having the air rent afterward by accusations and recriminations for thirty months continuously, we should have witnessed a cool-headed, direct, and orderly procedure leading up to the passage and promulgation of the act, and then either a general popular acquiescence in the result, or an opposition based on facts which could be proved from original sources if challenged? Can there be any difference of intelligent opinion on the question which of these pictures makes the pleasanter impression on the mind, and which presents our institutions of self-government in the more dignified aspect? As it was, neither Congress nor the American public had the first-hand knowledge needed for the proper performance of its part: Congress, to enable it to frame a bill most responsive to the demands of the platform; or the people, to criticise justly an act which Congress had evolved with such poverty of equipment for the task." "Then you would condemn every tariff the country has had since the protective system was devised?" " If we take for our standard of judgment the method of its construction--yes. We never have had one based on well-ascertained cost of production either here or abroad'; every one has been put together hit-or-miss. What do you think of the competency of a lawmaker to construct a tariff without knowing even what the things are on which he is fixing the duties? Yet it is a fact that men who know no more about chemistry than you do...
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  • Paperback | 696 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 35mm | 1,220g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236948637
  • 9781236948632