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  •  There's history that informs today's battles (2+ / 0-)

    I like to mention progressive Republicans occasionally. In my lifetime there's been people like Thomas Dewey, William Scranton, and Nelson Rockefeller. Before my time we had Theodore Roosevelt who was instrumental in breaking the Standard Oil Trust.

    Another such person has come to my attention in the person of Senator James J. Couzens. His target was Gulf Oil and it's principle owner, then Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon. It seems the Bureau of Internal Revenue (now known as the IRS) was giving huge tax breaks to oil companies and no one had oversight on their activities.

    Couzens pushed for a select committee to look into the matter and make recommendations. That committee would evolve into the Joint Committee on Taxation. His efforts lead the Bureau of Internal Revenue to sue him for $10,000,000 in back taxes. After the legal battles were done it was determined that Couzens had overpaid his taxes by $900,000. He was critical of the lack of oversight by the Federal Reserve in the '20's and backed FDR's New Deal policies in the '30's.

    Those same tensions are still playing out today. The heir of Andrew Mellon is Richard Mellon Scaife.

    Couzens was a reformer all his life and deserves a diary discussing progressive Republicans, but I'm really not up to it. Should anyone be moved to take it on, here are a few links:

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 11:54:46 AM PST

    •  If you're noting progressive Republicans, (0+ / 0-)

      Don't forget Rep. Leonidas C. Dyer (who courageously attempted to pass anti-lynching legislation nearly a century ago) Earl Warren (arguably the finest Chief Justice ever), and Jacob Javits (who actually criticized Kennedy for not doing more on civil rights).

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