THE NATION: Voice in the Land

Toward the end of winter, Washington seemed to be in the grip of the word "inevitable." A meeting at the summit was inevitable; a quick tax cut to brake the recession was inevitable; some kind of politically popular, high-subsidy farm program was inevitable; a wishy-washy Pentagon reorganization plan was inevitable. Last week the President, back in command of the Administration in all its divisions, proved in a busy week that there is nothing inevitable about anything when leadership provides its own direction. Items:

Recession. Optimistic over the week's economic reports, the President preached less hurry-up spending, quietly opposed any quick tax...

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