THE PRESIDENCY: The Case for the Budget

"Get out of town and do some thinking," Dwight Eisenhower sometimes advises his top aides. "You just don't have time to think in Washington." While lolling aboard the missile cruiser Canberra during his six-day holiday from Washington, the President found time to think through to a basic decision: in view of the national outcry for economies in the Federal Government, he must make a direct and vigorous defense of his budget.

His first opportunity was at his press conference last week, and he made careful plans to speak out. But the first question on the subject sharply illustrated the pettifogging...

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