The populist party will help you achieve economic independence, and we will protect you from merchants, bankers, and large companies. We will give you an eight hour work day, and lower interest rates. We will impose a graduated income tax, and we will lower the cost of transportation, so that your product can actually make it to the market.
Everyone is growing cotton now, and there is so much of it that no one wants to pay for mine! I can't make any money to pay to transport my crops, and I owe the bankers and merchants sooo much money for all the supplies! This isn't fair! They make money easily by making us pay crazy interest rates with money we don't have! We'll never escape our dependence on them! We'll be trapped in poverty forever.
The Populist Party:Everything you needHow can we establish economic independence and freedom from those we depend on (railroad companies, bankers, merchants)?
What they should really do is lower our interest rates, so we can actually pay them instead of being constantly in debt to them. Ugh, if there was just more money around, maybe inflation could help us pay our debts.
It would be great if the government could help us out and give us a place to store our crops until we can sell them. Otherwise they either go to waste or we have to sell them for practically nothing, after spending so much to grow them.
Well, we didn't really get what we wanted. We gathered a pretty large following, especially for a third party, but it wasn't enough to get us in here (the White House). In the end, our party sort of died.