while getting ready to throw him a tow rope. Downsizing government has recently become a debated issue. Believe it or not, this was also an issue with Joseph Smith during the 1844 presidential election. Joseph believed government was too large and as part of his political agenda was preaching downsizing. He also believed that slave holders should free their slaves and as an incentive the government would pay the slave owner to release their slaves. Where was Joseph going to raise the money to free the slaves?
A) Campaign large business for donations
B) Sell the State of Maine to Canada
C) Increase taxes
D) Cut the number of politicians and slash the ridiculous wages of those remaining
A) As mentioned, we know of two polls or "elections"
Joseph Smith: 65 gentlemen and 6 ladies
Henry Clay 27 gentlemen and 3 ladies
Martin Van Buren: 12 gentlemen and 0 ladies
Smith: 20 gents and 5 ladies
Clay: 16 gents and 4 ladies
Van Buren: 7 gents and 0 ladies