THE TARIFF: Words & Waste

In six months of debate on the tariff, Senators spoke 4,219,000 words, which cost $131,900 to print in the Congressional Record. Democrats spoke for 221 hours, Republicans 158 hours, Insurgents 148 hours. Such were the statistics given the Senate last week by that master statistician, Chairman Reed Smoot of the Finance Committee, nominal pilot of the tariff bill.

All these words, all these hours, all this money spent on the tariff appeared last week likely to become so much waste. The coalition of Democrats and...

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