Date of Award

Spring 1969

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Political Science & International Relations

First Advisor

Rev. Emmett O'Neill

Second Advisor

Thomas Clinch

Third Advisor

Rev. William Greytak

Abstract

In writing a thesis such as this, it is necessary to inform the reader of the basis for the analysis that is presented. Accordingly, it would be well to begin by summarizing the platform of each of the parties patronized in his year's legislative session. Then an attempt will be made to evaluate how successful each party has been in maintaining and implementing its campaign promises. In the field of agriculture, the Republicans offered several resolutions most of which dealt with the issue on a national level. The two main points were the removal of power from the Secretary of Agriculture and the placement of a ceiling on the quota of meat imports. On the state level, the Republicans proposed to provide funds for rodent and pesticide control. On the same subject, the majority of the Democrat's resolutions were concerned with national affairs. They proposed that 1965 Farm Program be extended and that funds for Conservation appropriations be restored. Like the Republicans, the Democrats wanted beef imports held at a reasonable level. With respect to agriculture in Montana, they urged the appointment of a grade A milk producer to the Montana Livestock Commission. They advocated liberal and adequate credit should be extended to the family type farmer. Finally, the Democratic party wished to control the use of insecticides and pesticides. The Republicans called for three main planks In regards to wild life. In order to increase revenue for tax losses due to forest stripping, they asked that 25$ of the gross receipts from the sale of national forest lumber be returned to the counties. To restrict the devastation of land by mining interests, they recommended that legislation be passed which would guarantee the rehabilitation of this land (especially coal mining). Finally, they presented the vague dictum of protecting and improving wild life resources.

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