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The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford (American Presidency Series) (American Presidency (Univ of Kansas Hardcover)) Hardcover – November 28, 1994
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Frank Kessler, Missouri Western St. Coll., St. Joseph
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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If indirection was a main theme of the Eisenhower Administration, then policy reversals were a main theme of the Ford Administration. Over and over again President Ford would completely reverse his position on policy, and usually for political expediency. He was going to fight inflation by proposing a tax hike. On October 8, 1974 he proposed a one year "five percent income tax surcharge on corporate and upper-level individual incomes" in order to reduce the deficit and fight inflation. Within a very short period of time, he scrapped that proposal and proposed a tax cut. Conservatives, like Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon, were deeply concerned that such a cut would enlarge the deficit substantially. Ford, the pragmatic politician, opted for the more popular route. He replaced the 5% surcharge tax increase with a 12% tax rebate. Some in the press called it a "flip flop." There were other policy reversals during his administration.
I was interested in the analysis of Ford's handling of the Mayaguez incident. The Khmer Rouge government asserted that the Mayaguez, an American merchant ship, had strayed into their coastal waters. It seems from the beginning that the administration was eager to show force. I was struck how, at times, they were willing to bomb areas when they did not know if the crew of the ship was within the bombing area.Read more ›
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Four decades later, Gerald Ford’s presidency is well on its way to being forgotten outside of various paeans to our 38rd president for offering healing after Watergate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin M. Derby
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