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Turning “Tax-Eaters” into “Taxpayers”

 

Photo credit: Yoichi Okamoto

Conversation Details

During a summer of civil unrest in American cities and just over three months before the Election of 1964, President Johnson spoke with House Appropriations Committee chair George H. Mahon [D–Texas] about passing the Economic Opportunity Act—the enabling legislation for Johnson's War on Poverty. The President explained that his approach would turn "tax-eaters" into "taxpayers." 

 

Date:
July 29, 1964
Location:
Unspecified
Conversation:
WH6407-18-4407

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