THE CONGRESS: Builder or Wrecker?

"Sometimes I just can't understand Congress," barked Dwight Eisenhower, smashing his fist against the table and glaring at the Republican congressional leaders who had come to the White House for their weekly conference. "I can't understand the House adding a couple of hundred millions I didn't want for defense spending, appropriating millions of lard for rivers and harbors—and then cutting the devil out of foreign aid."

Veins bulging along his left temple, the President poured down his wrath upon the Democrat-dominated House Appropriations Committee, which had sliced $872 million out of the Administration's $3.9 billion foreign aid appropriation request. Soothingly...

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