Roosevelt largely fumbled the administrative machinery that was to run the domestic war effort until

Roosevelt largely fumbled the administrative machinery that was to run the domestic war effort until

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Unformatted text preview: Roosevelt largely fumbled the administrative machinery that was to run the domestic war effort until October 1942, when he chose Supreme Court Justice James F. Byrnes to be the head of the Office of Economic Stabilization, and later the head of the Office of War Mobilization. Roosevelt set ambitious production goals and Byrnes and his subordinates carried them out. The largest question on the domestic front was who was to pay for the war. New revenues for the country came from an increase of the top bracket of income tax to eighty-one percent and, more significant, simply increasing the number of people who paid tax. Congress did not increase taxes as much as FDR asked, passing a new tax bill only in 1944 and not taxing as much as he had proposed. He vetoed the bill but the Senate overrode the veto–signs that his hold over Congress...
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  • Fall '07
  • Siegenthaler
  • James F. Byrnes, War Mobilization. Roosevelt, Mobilization. Roosevelt, domestic   war effort, ambitious production goals

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