Nation: Smaller & Simpler

The President last week sent to Congress the smallest request for foreign aid—a little more than $3.1 billion—that any Administration has submitted in the 20 years since the adoption of the Marshall Plan. Johnson's message reflected his special regard for programs in education, health and agriculture, raising the total outlay in these areas 25% over last year. Of the $2.5 billion asked in economic aid, Latin America would get $624 million, the Near East and the Indian subcontinent $758 million, Africa $195 million, East Asia $812 million—with $650 million of the East Asian allotment for South Viet Nam alone.

Despite his relatively...

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