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Both of the great political parties now represented in the Government have by repeated and authoritative declarations condemned the condition of our laws which permit the collection from the people of unnecessary revenue, and have in the most solemn manner promised its correction; and neither as citizens nor partisans are our countrymen in a mood to condone the deliberate violation of these pledges. Our progress toward a wise conclusion will not be improved by dwelling upon the theories of protection and free trade. This savors too much of bandying epithets. It is a condition which confronts us not a theory. Relief from this condition may involve a slight reduction of the advantages which we award our home productions, but the entire withdrawal of such advantages should not be contemplated. The question of free trade is absolutely irrelevant, and the persistent claim made in certain quarters that all the efforts to relieve the people from unjust and unnecessary taxation are schemes of so-called free traders is mischievous and far removed from any consideration for the public good. Grover Cleveland

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Both

of

the

great

political

parties

now

represented

in

the

Government

have

by

repeated

and

authoritative

declarations

condemned

the

condition

of

our

laws

which

permit

the

collection

from

the

people

of

unnecessary

revenue



and

have

in

the

most

solemn

manner

promised

its

correction



and

neither

as

citizens

nor

partisans

are

our

countrymen

in

a

mood

to

condone

the

deliberate

violation

of

these

pledges

Our

progress

toward

a

wise

conclusion

will

not

be

improved

by

dwelling

upon

the

theories

of

protection

and

free

trade



This

savors

too

much

of

bandying

epithets



It

is

a

condition

which

confronts

us



not

a

theory



Relief

from

this

condition

may

involve

a

slight

reduction

of

the

advantages

which

we

award

our

home

productions



but

the

entire

withdrawal

of

such

advantages

should

not

be

contemplated



The

question

of

free

trade

is

absolutely

irrelevant



and

the

persistent

claim

made

in

certain

quarters

that

all

the

efforts

to

relieve

the

people

from

unjust

and

unnecessary

taxation

are

schemes

of

so

called

free

traders

is

mischievous

and

far

removed

from

any

consideration

for

the

public

good



Grover

Cleveland



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