The Administration: Three to the Hill

In years past, Lyndon Johnson's presidential messages called on Congress to enact a plethora of broad, even visionary, programs. Times have changed. Beset by foreign crises and committed to holding down spending at home, the President last week sent three domestic programs to Capitol Hill spelling out segments of his State of the Union speech. The President's oratory was as resonant as ever, but it masked an anemia of fresh ideas.

∙ CRIME: "This is not just another presidential message," Johnson declared as he unveiled his Safe Streets program with extraordinary fanfare....