[Taxing the rich] was supported by the Socialist party, the Populist party, and by the Democratic party with a few honorable exceptions, simply as a means of re-distributing the wealth.
Senator Nelson Aldrich (R-RI), chief of the Senate Republicans vehemently opposed a 1909 proposal to tax corporate and individual incomes over $5,000 at a flat rate of 2 or 3 percent. Date not provided. From The Great Tax Wars, p. 225. 1909.