An insiders view on how bankers, corporations, and lawyers took over the United States Government and became the “Rulers of America” during the Gilded Age. Written with true authority by a man who had a front row seat for it all, R. F. Pettigrew was the first senator from the state of South Dakota, and he made no friends during his time in the US Congress. These are his memoirs.
In this episode – Continued reading of Triumphant Plutocracy by Richard Franklin Pettigrew, including Chapter V: The Tariff. The Tariff Cuts Two Ways. Republicans and Democrats Used the Tariff To Doll Out Favors. Both Parties Represent Big Business. Pettigrew Calls For a Tariff Commission. Commerce As a Tax On Industry. Stop Outsourcing Jobs! Pettigrews View On Free Trade. Free Trade: A Wonderful Idea In a Perfect World. Rich Predicts the Asian Outsourcing of American Industry. An Example of Plutocracy: Tax On Nickle. How Free Trade Wrecks American Industry. Why Mega-Corporation Hate Competition. High Duties Placed on Cheap Items and Materials That Only the Poor Use. No Trust Was Ever Truly Broken Up.
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