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The principle of laissez faire is that the an unobtrusive government is the best government that the government necessarily only maintain domestic tranquillity defend the people from invasion and protect them when travelling To leave economic workings of the country to the people and let the motives for production be that of the people not the government Our government took such a stance in its early decades but as national debt rose interstate commerce became indomitable and the economy lost its strength the need to patch the economy became very important The government found that the needed patch was much more important than the laissez faire freedom previously given to monopolistic trusts who were loosing favor with the majority of the lower class who shared on 50 of the nations wealth As an attempt to end all that ailed the country the government began limiting land grants instituting interstate commerce laws and passing anti-trust bills like The Sherman Anti-Trust Bill As the railroads became larger and more powerful the need to give away land to million dollar companies became ludicrous to many citizens especially in light of the declining economy These changing feelings among the people voters moved congress to decide that no subsidy in money bonds public lands indorsement or by pledges of public credit should be given to the railroad or any other private company when it could be spent on the common good of the public or kept as capital in the Public Treasury The idea that no land need be given to the companies anymore was also supported by the growing feeling of being cheated by the railway through rebates and other discriminations between large and small business The decision to regulate interstate commerce grew mostly out of the rebate and long-haul short-haul discriminations of the railroads The growing feeling that the business were running their businesses only to end in
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