THE PRESIDENCY: The Hoover Week: Oct. 7, 1929

He would go down in history as indeed a weak-kneed President who, within the first year of his office, should let slip from the office's authority so great a power as the one which was given the President in the Tariff Act of 1922, the power to raise or lower duties by 50% upon recommendation of the President-appointed Tariff Commission.

Hearing that Democrats and insurgent Republicans were planning to alter this so-called flexible clause* so that Congress instead of the President should receive the Tariff Commission's recommendations, President Hoover last week waited...

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