National Affairs: Trouble

The President received two gifts last week: 1) an autographed photo of the late Frederic Knight Logan, modernizer of The Missouri Waltz (one of Harry Truman's favorite songs); 2) an old Sioux pipe of peace, said to have been smoked by Chief Crazy Horse when he decided (after the Custer massacre in 1876) to surrender and return to the reservation.

The gifts were ill-timed. The six-month waltz of Congress with the Missourian in the White House was definitely over. Democrats (notably Southerners) had boldly walked off the reservation and joined Republicans on the warpath. Last week the House Ways & Means...

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