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THE BULL MOOSE PLATFORM BOILED DOWN .
Election Reforms. Direct primaries, state and national; pref
erential presidential primary; direct election of United States sena-
tors; the short ballot, the initiative, the referendum and the recall
in states; limitation and publicity of campaign expenses; equal suf
frage. Constitution. Easier method of amending it, and then bring
ing under federal control big business, child welfare and women'
Courts. People to have right to vote on upholding state laws J
declared unconstitutional by courts; "reform of legal proceedure and'
jury in contempt cases, originating outside of court room."
Social Reforms.--Minimum safety and health standards for
workers; prohibition of child labor;' minimum wage and no night"
work for working women; eight-hour day for women and "young
persons;" one day's rest in seven for all wage workers; eight-Jiour
day in all continuous 24-hour industries; no convict contract labor,
but prison production for government use only and prisoners' earn-,
ings to support dependent families; publicity as to wages, hours,'
conditions, accidents in all industries; compensation for industrial-!
accidents and trade diseases to be spread on the industry; "social in-j
surance" to compensate for losses in sickness, irregular employment
and old age; schools for industrial and agricultural education; labor
member of cabinet.
Trusts. Publicity and strong national regulation of interstate'
corporations; concentration of business inevitable and necessary ;,es-"
tablishment of a federal commission "of high standing" to super-'
vise big industrial corporations, "attack unfair competition, false,
capitalization and special privilege;" physical valuation of railroads.?
Alaska. Quick development of coal lands under federal owner-
ship and supervision.
Waterways. Development of large rivers and lakes-to-to-the-gulf
plan by co-operation between nation, states and cities and util
ization of Panama canal organization."
Tariff. Protective tariff to equalize conditions and competi-
tion here and abroad; no protection for industries unfair to labor 'tJ
present tariff unjust; "no-partisan, scientific tariff commission." ,
Miscellaneous. Graduated inheritance tax and an income tax;,
country life commission; investigation of high costof living; na
tional health bureau; anti-patent monopoly; currency reform, but
not Aldrich plan; conservation of natural resources; good roads;
international limitation of navies, but two new United States battle-.
ships a year till it's brought about; no discrimination against Amer-!
ritizens abroad; larger opportunities for immigrants; approval