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Broken Promises

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Although the incidents of the last presidencial campaign havepassed into history, tlie claims, promises and allegations of the opposing forces in that memorable contest aresulficiently í'resh in the minds of those who were made the objective point of that deluge of economie reasoning (and Jack of reasoning)- the farmers and working people-that the comparison between the promises of the Republican party and tñeir fulfillment must be an interes! ing and instructive if not a pleasant employment for those whose hands are idle, pending the return of that prosperity which dearer money and higher taxation was too bring. . When the Republican party lias demonstrated by sömething more tangible tlian empty words that the economie policies upon which it based ita claim to the suffrages of the can people are ealculated to lead us into the wáy of prosperity The ÜemoCEA.T will say amen with a big"A,' Imt until that feat has become an accomplished faet we shall continue to remind our oíd time adversarles that they have failed in every particular to make good their ante eleetion promises - thaí the very disasters which they predicted would result from theeltction of Mr. Jiryan have followed the eleetion oí Mr. McKiniey- banks crashíng, business, houses failing, uneinployed workíng men to the number of thousands parading the streets of our cities demanding work. Those who supported Mr. MeKinley because he was pledged to maintain the gold standard told us that all the country needed was a restoration of coníidenee and that the restoration would take place the next day after the election of McKinley assured us that Cleveland's financial policy would be preserved Yet it cannot be claimed six months after the triumph of the go!d Standard, that the eonlïdence whieh leads men to invest money in business enterprises and employ laljor is nearer than it was when the country was going wild over Bryan's eloquence. Those who supported Mr. McKinley because they believed that people can be rich assured us that the moment this country declared f or the policy of protection things would begin to boom. There was no mistaking the day after the election that all the virtue there is in tariiï legislation would be applied without stint to languishing business. The character of the Dingley tariff is now assured. It is of a protective character as pronounced as the monopolies, which it is designed to protect, wished. to make it. Yet the disease that prostrates business persistently fails to yield to this medicine. Our Iiepublican friends have done just what they agreed to do in the way of relief, but their medicine does not relieve. They did not properly nose the case. Soine of these days, after the patience of the people has been exhausted by the continued application of quack nostrums, it will be discovered that the medicine that will put American industry upon a permanently prosperous basis must be applied to the seat of disease- must act upon the workers. Thus far relief measures have been applied to the upper crust in the hope that some small modicum might leach down through the various underlying stratas of society and stimulate the roots below.


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Ann Arbor Democrat