THE U.S. is a frustrated nation, but not all the blame for that condition attaches to the war in Viet Nam, racial bitterness, campus violence and crime in the streets. Government, business and consumers are deeply troubled by another major source of national tension: the rising pace of inflation. Though the U.S. standard of living is still the highest ever achieved, the value of the nation's currency is dwindling alarmingly. It has gone down by almost two-thirds in the past 30 years. A 1958 dollar is worth only 790 today, which means that a man must earn 26% more after taxes...

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