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Richard Nixon

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Nixon excelled at finding ways of co-opting liberal ideas to his own ends. He lowered the voting age to 18, broke with Cold War orthodoxy by going to China and established the Environmental Protection Agency. Declaring himself a Keynesian, he even proposed the Family Assistance Program, which would've guaranteed every American an annual minimum income of $1600. Today that simple idea is radical enough to get you branded – you guessed it – a communist.

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