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Budget battle: Four points of advice from Ike

In confronting agonizing budget challenges and political fissures, America would benefit from advice from “Ike.” These words, from a Republican, challenged listeners then regardless of party, as they will challenge listeners today. Mount Holyoke College tax scholar John O. Fox gives us Dwight D. Eisenhower's four critical pieces of advice on taxes, debt, the role of government, and what it means to be a "good American."

3. On good Americans and paying taxes

Ike’s message was clear: “The good American doesn’t ask for favored position or treatment…Every real American is proud to carry his share of the burden…I simply don’t believe for one second that anyone privileged to live in this country wants someone else to pay his own fair share of the cost of his Government.”

In this election year, he said, “Some think it is good politics to promise more and more Government spending, and at the same time, more and more tax cuts for all.” But that would “pass on still larger debts to our children.”

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