Pittston Gazette; 12 May 1910
A Platform for the People By Thomas A. Barrett Republican Candidate . . . For ... CONGRESS To the Voters of Luzerne County: Dear Friends: Thomas A. Barrett, candidate for' the Republican nomination for Congress, being a man without wealth, is manifestly a candidate of the: people. His platform therefore aims to provide for all the people and is based upon the solid foundation of common sense, so aptly exemplified in the administrations of Roosevelt and Taft. If elected he pledges himself to strive his uttermost to secure for you the following benefits: First A readjustment of the cost of living. '. , e Second A national bureau of mines to protect the lives' of miners and to improve the coal trade generally. " Third Better conditions for the women and children who labor. Fourth Decent postoffloe buildings for Plymouth. Nanticoke, llaz - leton and other cities of Luzerne county. Fifth A square deal for all veterans who have served their coun try well. Sixth He will oppose the importation of cheap contract labor. Seventh He believes in "maintaining peace by being prepared for war." t 4 Eighth Where dishonest abuse has been made of a high tariff thereby placing a hardship upon the people, in that particular - case, Thomas A. Barrett believes in a revision of the tariff downward to such an extent as will relieve the pressure upon the people, but will not kill the industry against which the revision is directed. Take away the tariff altogether, as the Democrats would have us do, and we would hopelessly ruin every American industry, creating idleness ."throughout the United States and throw the country back to the harrowing conditions of the , Cleveland Democratic regime, when armies of workless men tramped across the nation; when soup houses and bread lines fed the famine stricken populace. We need not revert, to "free trade" and its consequent poverty in order to reduce the cost of living. Another means is at hand, and Thomas A. Barrett believes it is the rluty of the Republican party to legislate measures that will regu late' the cost of the necessities of life in such a manner that with plenteous work we may enjoy the corresponding rewards of bounteous food and comfort. This can be done by forcing fictitious values out of business, by restricting cold storage operations and, by prosecuting to the limit the financial vulture who attempts to corner or control wheat, corn, milk, meats, eggs, or any other of the commodities of life! By this method, false or inflated values can be wiped out. the cost of living made reasonable and our American industries still .thrive and flourish. To all that is sensible, just' and honorable to an honest, fearless, active administration, therefore, I, Thomas A. Barrett, pledge mystflf to .the voters of the grea t Eleventh Congressional district, and assure them that if elected I will do all in my power to bring peace and prosperity and God'a blessing to our beloved United States. Very respectfully, ' THOMAS. A, BARRETT, 1 Candidate for the Republican Nomination kor Congress. , Primaries June 4, 1910.