Dwight D. Eisenhower's Presidency

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If Dwight D. Eisenhower were alive today, would he still be a Republican?

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The consensus opinion is that Dwight D. Eisenhower, based on his policies and proclamations while in office, would not be a Republican today. Democrats and disgruntled Republicans often used Eisenhower as an example of how far the current Republican Party has moved to the right.

For example, Eisenhower was in favor of keeping taxes high in order to achieve a balanced budget and economic stability. He said:

In spite of some things that I have seen in the papers over the past eight or nine months, I personally have never promised a reduction in taxes. Never.

Under his administration, the highest tax rate, on the very wealthy, was ninety percent. Eisenhower said:

We cannot afford to reduce taxes, reduce income, until we have in sight a program of expenditures that shows that the factors of income and of outgo will be balanced. Now...

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