National Affairs: Cause & Cure

"The greatest of all the bottlenecks in Washington," said Pundit Walter Lippmann last week, "is the bottleneck at the White House."

Primary cause of the disease, said Dr. Lippmann, is the obstructionism of Congress. Unlimited debate in the Senate can be shut off only by a two-thirds vote. This is a valuable rule, but its abuse in a period of emergency may force the U.S., to all intents & purposes, to get along without Congress. The President then has to get things done by proclamation, by persuasion, by the use of his prestige, by...

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