National Affairs: On the Job

A commentary on U. S. democracy used to be the frequent demand that Congress go home and let the country alone. Last week the U. S., alarmed about democracy, had a different notion of Congress' duty.

Thunderous in the press and in letters to Capitol Hill was the demand that Congress stay in Washington, get on with a job whose scope and shape were as yet un known.

Just why the country wanted Congress to stay on the job could not have been said in one sentence. Behind the demand were conflicting uncertainties and doubts:...

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