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Tue Mar 30, 2021, 03:59 PM

7. I wouldn't give Ike such a blanket pass

I read Jean Edward Smith's “Eisenhower in War and Peace". Ike's policies mirrored GOP Congressional priorities at a time when it was unthinkable and unpopular to oppose the legacy of the New Deal. I don't recall a lot about the book (a good read btw, but more on that in a moment), but I do recall Ike pulling some Republican maneuvers in his tenure as president of Columbia University, and his reluctance to support domestic spending and his preference for Wall Street.

Smith was a great biographer to read. He relied on well-researched and often obscure anecdotes that painted a hint of caricature in the personalities of his subjects. One thing I do recall is the irony of Eisenhower. He fed at the government trough his entire life, and the salaries senior military were paid as early as 1910 was astounding, I seem to recall figures of $800 per month rising to more than twice that, and they were given upscale (at the time) government paid housing at taxpayer expense, very high pay for the time period. This was the guy who wanted to reign in domestic spending and favor private enterprise as president.

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