Over the past four years, the nation has moved from triumph to triumph. Need I trumpet the accomplishments of this great nation since the beginning of the Taft presidency? They are plain to see. The Interstate Commerce Commission has been reformed to help lower railroad rates. The Justice Department continues and expands its effort against those corporations who have engaged in unlawful combinations that are harmful to the public interest. The method of appointing judges has been reformed so that qualified men may come onto the bench, rather than those who are the tools of patronage and interest, and laws have been put in place requiring that those who contribute money to candidates put their donations on the record.
The Federal budgeting process has been reformed, and committees established to review and cut wasteful spending. We have put into place a tax on corporate incomes and even now the proposal for an amendment to allow a personal income tax is on its way through the states, two tools that will help put this country on a sound financial footing. We have introduced a protective tariff, to help American manufacturers and develop domestic industry.
The Taft administration has worked for the cause of civil rights for all Americans, resisting any attempts to legislate discrimination into law.
Internationally, we have expanded our influence over Central America, providing a system of loans and grants to those countries to help improve their financial standing and to act as good neighbors. We have lowered trade barriers with Canada, and are working towards a system of international arbitration and an International Court of Justice to allow negotiation to replace war as a method for settling disputes.
We have helped America’s veterans by increasing benefits to aged, ill, and wounded veterans and their widows. We have admitted Arizona and New Mexico into the Union, so that now, our continental territory is complete.
For these reasons, I urge you to support a second Taft administration.