National Affairs: Lesson for I he Party

Ohio's Robert Taft had been telling his fellow Republicans lately that unless they plugged for social-welfare legislation the Republican Party was doomed. Last week in the U.S. Senate, Robert Taft gave a vigorous demonstration of what he was preaching. Batting down the opposition of Democrats and Republicans alike, Ohio's Taft, almost singlehanded, hammered through a $300 million bill to help the nation's schoolchildren.

Virginia's self-appointed treasury-guard, Democrat Harry F. Byrd, nagged Taft with quotes from Taft's own statements opposing a similar bill in 1943. Taft frankly said that he had been converted, that he had come to realize that some states could...

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