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What conflicts did Taft face?

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What conflicts did Taft face?
Ballinger-Pinchot Affair
Taft's election of Richard A. Ballinger as Secretary of the Interior, angered conservationists.
Conservationists are people who favor the protection of natural resources.
Ballinger opposed conservationists on federal lands in the west, joining business interests that wanted unrestricted development.
Ballinger-Pinchot Affair
This put him in conflict with Gifford Pinchot, head of the United States Forest Service.
In 1909, it became known that Ballinger allowed business people to obtain millions of acres of land containing rich coal deposits.
Then Pinchot protested to a Congressional committee and aired suggestions of corruption on Ballinger's part, leading to Taft firing Pinchot
William H. Taft, the 27th president of the United States.
Tariffs
He called a meeting of Congress in 1909 to lower tariffs.
Instead the House passed very few tariff reductions and added some highly protective tariff increases, called Payne-Aldrich Tariffs.
Progressive people were angry at Taft for increasing taxes on traded goods.
The Capital in Washington, D.C. This is where the Congress meets
Gifford Pinchot, head of the United States Forest Service
Trivia
William Howard Taft was the largest president in American history. How much did he weigh?
William Howard Taft, the heaviest president in American History.
Citations
"Miller Center." American President: William Howard Taft: Domestic Affairs. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. <http://millercenter.org/president/taft/essays/biography/4>.

"Fact or Fiction: Taft Got Stuck in a Tub?" CNN Political Ticker RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. <http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/06/fact-or-fiction-taft-got-stuck-in-a-tub/>.

"Miller Center." American President: William Howard Taft: Domestic Affairs. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. <http://millercenter.org/president/taft/essays/biography/4>.

America Pathways to the Present Textbook

Richard Ballinger, Taft's Secretary of the Interior

Taft's Troubles
All throughout his presidency, Taft was faced with problems and miscues. His issues first started when Taft called for the meeting to lower tariffs, which completely backfired. He also had to deal with the Ballinger and Pinchot affair, costing him yet another setback. He could never accomplish as many objectives as he wanted to. Most of his ideas and plans fell flat and did not work as planned.
Taft's Presidency
William Howard Taft won the election of 1908 by a landslide. He pledged to carry on Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Program. Taft did not have Roosevelt's energy or strength to battle the powerful Republican congressmen who opposed progressive reforms.
A newspaper telling readers to vote for Taft
Presentation By:
Jacob Owings and Nick Dooley
William Howard Taft, America's 27th president.
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