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HERE is an editorial from 1943 that was written by Republican Senator Robert Taft (1889 1953). In his column, Taft explained in the most clinical terms that FDR's loyal opposition on Capitol Hill can be relied upon for support only in matters involving his roll as Commander-in-Chief. However, Taft implied, any further efforts to go gallivanting about the Capitol with the hope of creating any more of those agencies with the New Deal trademark names like FSA, WPA, NYA, REA, TVA etc. etc. etc will be met with the stiffest opposition by the Republicans, who were well outnumbered, anyway.

Taft's column was answered by his opposite number in the Democratic Party: New York Senator Robert F. Wagner (1877 1953); his column can also be read here.

The historian Henry Steele Commager chose to rank FDR at number 19 insofar as his impact on the American mind was concerned - click here to understand his reasoning...

     


Can Congress Kill the New Deal? (Click Magazine, 1943)

Can Congress Kill the New Deal? (Click Magazine, 1943)

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