The Choice Is Leadership Or Retreat

Just as Bryan in the 1890s called for a silver standard and inflation to defend farmers from industrialization, so Perot calls for protectionism to save workers from globalization and technological change. Perot's famous quote about jobs, the "giant sucking sound from the south," is the equivalent of Bryan's "you shall not crucify this nation on a cross of gold." Like Bryan, Perot offers false hopes and false solutions.

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