National Affairs: Tomato Tariff

"It costs $250 to produce an acre of tomatoes in Florida. Under cheap labor in Mexico it costs $90 to produce a similar acre." Therefore, the Florida Chamber of Commerce asked local candidates for Congress to sign a pledge to work for U. S. tariffs on tomatoes and such like. "The principle of protective tariff has been established through the years as a national policy," said the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Many a similar symptom has been observed lately, pointing toward the Republicanization of historically Democratic Florida.

The proposed tomato tariff, however, was particularly piquant because among other Congressional candidates in Florida...