What was Clevelands position on tariffs?
President Cleveland's opinion about the tariff was the same as the Democratic main line--the tariff was too high and should be reduced. While Republicans favored a high tariff, Cleveland and the Democrats felt US industry did not need to fear foreign competition and protective tariffs were not necessary. Tariffs had been high since the Civil War and government revenue created a surplus in the treasury. Cleveland backed a bill to decrease the tariff in 1886, but it was defeated in the House of Representatives. In congressional elections, those who favored protective tariffs increased but Cleveland continued to favor tariff reform. He felt it was unnecessary to take more money from the public than the government needed for its daily expenses. Republicans, and some Democrats who favored high tariffs, continued to push for tariff increases.