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Mckinley Dare Not Answer

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Day
4
Month
September
Year
1896
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Public Domain
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The New York World asks Major McKinley eight questious which will be hard for hirn to answer. The World is a "gold" democratie paper, but it evideutly has McKinley on the gridiron and its questious are worthy the intelligent perusal of every reader of the Argus. These are the questions which the World editorially propouuds to McKinley: 1. Will you actnally arge upon congress, ou the plea of reveune ueeds, as your letter too plainly iudioates, the re-enactmeat in substance of the act which bears yonr name? Have yon forgotten that the effect of that act was to reduce revenue3 by $88,000,000? How do yon daré to assert that yonr tariff law yielded an "accumulated surplus" in view of the nndeniable fact that tbere was a deflcieney in each of the last three months of Presideut Harrison's term, and that Secretary Foster actnally ordered the preparation of plates for a bond issue to meet a treasnry deficit aud au impairment of gold reserve, which were finally passed on to vex his successor? Will you urge the re-eDactment of this law in face of the fact, perfeotly known to yon, that it thus reduced the reveuue, as it was avowedly designed to do, and the fnrther fact that it has been twice overvvhelmiagly ropudiated at the polls, at cost of your own defeat for congress? Will you insist upon treating your electiou for the sake of sound money as a commission from the people to re-enact a financia! system so obnosious to tbem? 2. Why are you so silent with regard to trusts, monopolies and other encroachrnents of plutocracy? As a man familiar with the political history of your time you must understand bow vital this matter is in the estimation of voters. You must see how conspiracies of greed have oppressed the public and robbed it. Yon have yourself learned by experience as a leader of congress how powerless even honest men are in that body to resist the machinations of monopoly. You have seen successive administrations so far paralyzed by the baleful influence of these couspiracies as to refuse even to enforce the statute laws enacted for their restraint. You have seen the discoutent which now threatens ns with wildly destrnctive policies grow before your eyes out of this situatiou. What do you propose to do about these things if you are elected? Will you use all your power as president to compel the enforcement of the Anti-Trust and Interstate Coninierce laws? Will yon urge upou congress the enactment of further legislation to give effect to the purpose of the people in the passage of the laws we have? Or will you 'reuder To the will of the campaigcfuDd contributort? 3. Will y ou select as your Artorney-Geueral soiiie favorito trust lawyer vvhose appoiutment will assure the monopolies agaiust molestation, or will you seek ont some one for that offlie who will respect his oath ind obey aLd j euforce the law, some one who will j compel all his distrint-attorneys to ( o their duty as the law reqnires and as the people demand? 4. Will you, if elected primarily to avert the revolutionary tendencies that threaten us, rest content witb that teruporary result, or will yon do wbat yon can to root ont the causes that have bred snch tendencies? What means will you employ to restore our government to legitímate popular control and to loosen the hold upon it of the influences that uow so sorely affliot and distort it? 5. Yon teil us that yonr party, if intrusted with power, will provide ampie revennes. But in what fashion? Will you recummmend to congress to impose still heavier burdens upon consumption, or will you urge that superflnous wealth be made to bear its share? Will you recommend an increase in the tas on beer, without the fear of the rich brewers before your eyes, or will. you suggest instead a higber duty upon. clothing and other common necessaries of life? 6. Will you favor and approve the submisssiion of an amendment by which to constitutionalize a just tax npon superfluous incomes, or will you insist npon leaving the burden of government support mainly upou tbose who earn their bread in the sweat of their faces? 7. Will you resolutely set your fase against further bond issues in time of peace? Will you lefuse to dicksr with banker syndicates to protect the treasury on comrnission? 8. Finally, is your hostility to free silver coinage resolute enough to resist strong temptation? Would you have the courage to veto a tariff bill framed to your liking, if it shonld come to you with a free-silver "rider" upon it ? - and this, as Senator Sherman admits, is the only tariff bill that the senate will consent to send to you. We submit these questions to you in all sincerity, for answer not to this newspaper but to the country. Upon your answer tj theni, or yonr refnal to answer, the result of this year's eleotion will in important part depend.

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Ann Arbor Argus
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