Public Policy: Bedtime Story

In the far-off land of Suburbia, a weary taxpayer sought to quiet his children by spinning them this bedtime tale:

Once upon a time there was a rich country whose President made eloquent speeches about what a happy world it would be if the merchants of all nations could trade their goods freely and without hindrance. But in the President's country there were some people called voters who raised cotton. Some of these voters were wealthy men with big farms in the sprawling West, but many of them scratched only a bale or two each year out of the harsh red...

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