John Q. Tilson
House of Representatives
My dear Mr. Tilson:
I have your letter of inquiry as to whether I can see any reason to change the views which I expressed on April 20th last upon the so-called debenture plan introduced by the Senate into the Tariff Bill. I do not.
Some minor alterations have already been made in the plan which do not go to the essential fact that the practical working of it will depress and not elevate prices to the farmer. The plan in the present bill presents an additional objection in that the export subsidies proposed vary within different agricultural products and thus are widely different to different farmers. They vary from about 9% upon the cost of production of rye to apparently near 100% on tobacco. In the latter case growers could apparently afford to raise their product and export it for the subsidy alone.
Since my previous statement the Tariff Commission has estimated the cost of the plan to the Treasury, if put into operation and on the basis of present exports, at about $280,000,000 per annum.
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- 9 September, 2011 @ 11:44 by admin