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Friday, January 14, 2005

Tax History Profile: John Nance Garner

Thp_logo_1 The Tax History Project, a public service initiative of Tax Analysts, has posted Profile in Tax History:  John Nance Garner (by Joseph J. Thorndike).  Here is the Introduction:

John Nance Garner is best remembered for his assessment of the vice presidency. The office, he reportedly sneered in 1932, "isn't worth a pitcher of warm spit." The quote may be apocryphal, and even credulous historians think he referenced a different bodily fluid. But one thing is certain: Garner deserves a better epitaph. The plain-spoken Democrat from Uvalde, Texas, helped rescue his party from political oblivion during the Republican ascendancy of the 1920s. And he used tax policy to do it.

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