The Congress: Above Inhibition

At 84, Missouri's Democratic Representative Clarence Cannon is gnarled, grouchy, and filled with angry energy. When he complains into House microphones about the wastrel ways of Government, the New Frontiersmen get worried—with good reason.

Government spending is probably the biggest legislative issue of 1963—and Cannon, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has a lot to say about the Kennedy Administration's record-breaking $98.8 billion budget. Everything from ordering a new missile to building a new mile of highway must wait for action by Appropriations. And Cannon is proud of being a cheapskate with the taxpayers' money.

"We Must Cut." Ever since he...