I made a mistake in one of my answers to reason’s poll about the election. The question and my original answer were:
Leaving George W. Bush out of consideration, what former U.S. president would you most like to have waterboarded?
Woodrow Wilson. Jailed political dissenters, created the Federal Trade Commission, got us into World War I. He also enacted the first federal income tax, the first modern military draft, and the first federal drug prohibition. Wilson also re-segregated the federal government. When blacks protested, he told them to consider segregation a “benefit,” not a debasement. An all-around loathesome human being.
This was incorrect.
I added the following correction:
(Correction: Woodrow Wilson signed the first federal income tax law after the passage of the 16th Amendment, but he did not enact the first federal income tax. There were two federal income taxes before that; one during the Civil War, which was later dropped, and one signed by Grover Cleveland in 1894, which was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.)