THE CONGRESS: Course-Shaping Recess

For the U.S. Congress, Easter is a time for rest after the first labors of the new year. For wise Congressmen the long Easter recess is also a time for clearing the head of Washington's political vapors and finding out what is in the minds of the folks back home. In 1958 the Easter recess served a key purpose: in Washington, the temptation to fight recession with a spending spree had been almost overwhelming. But when the Congressmen got home at Easter, they discovered to their general astonishment that there was little sentiment for wild pump-priming. That discovery shaped much...