National Affairs: My Dear Bob:--

The salutation was a mite too bland. The letter itself reminded North Carolina's hot-tempered, 77-year-old Representative Robert Lee ("Muley") Doughton, Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, of a kick in the pants. For three months he had sweated over the biggest tax bill of all time, conferring with Treasury officials, arguing behind locked doors with fainthearted committeemen. For a week he had fought hard to get the bill through the House intact. Now, on the eve of passage, came the President's letter.

Plucked Goose. The President had three bones to pick with the...

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