From the Tax Archives

May 4, 2005

After 68 years of tax policy scholarship, the Tax Foundation’s archives are simply amazing. There are analyses of the Kennedy tax cut from the 1960s, the Reagan tax cut from the 1980s, WWII war expenditures from the 1940s (stamped “classified” no less), and conference proceedings that read like a who’s who of tax policy in the 20th century.

Each issue of Tax Watch I dig out something interesting to share with readers, and we plan to do that here on the Tax Policy Blog also. Here’s what I came up with recently: our annual Distinguished Service Award presented to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1960. At that time, the Tax Foundation’s office was still located at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Note the inscription below.

“Presented to the honorable Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, in recognition of his illustrious leadership of the American people, his deep devotion to fiscal responsibility and sound government, his resolute stance against centralization of government power, and his profound faith in individual liberty and enterprise.”

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