Roosevelt on the Tariff

 
Roosevelt, while true to the protectionist values of his Republican tradition, spoke vigorously on behalf of a "progressive" solution to the politics of the tariff.   Roosevelt wanted a commission of experts to set tariff duties.

"Now, to correct the trouble, it is necessary, in the first place, to get in mind clearly what we want, and, in the next place, to get in mind clearly the method by which we hope to obtain what we want. What we want is a square deal in the tariff as in everything else; a square deal for the wage-earner; a square deal for the employer; and a square deal for the general public. To obtain it we must have a thoroughly efficient and well-equipped tariff commission."

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