THE ECONOMY: From Lag to Sag

As Democratic chieftains in the Senate saw it last week, their party's Big Issue for this fall's congressional elections will no longer be the missile lag but the economic sag. The shift from lag to sag was evident both in dark grey oratory on the Senate floor and in busy bill-drafting off the floor.

"The people of this country are in serious economic trouble," cried Michigan's Pat McNamara. With Massachusetts' John Kennedy, McNamara co-sponsored a bill to fatten state unemployment benefits and make them run for 39 weeks instead of the now-usual 26. Tennessee's Albert Gore introduced a bill to...

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