April 6, 1849

An item from the Harrisburg Keystone, conveys a view of legislation and legislators.  It asks farmers, mechanics, laboring men to review the huge volume of acts passed at each session  “almost wholly made up of acts of incorporation, or supplementary thereto, and special and local acts, most of which ought never to have been passed. Yet every man in the community is taxed to keep up the legislative machinery between three and four months of every year……We may talk of parties, and of principles of government, as much as we please, but unless they are made productive of some good to the people, they are of no practical utility.”

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