THE NATION: President v. Congress

Before a joint session of the 86th Congress went the President of the U.S. to make his annual report on the State of the Union. His message was closely reasoned, bluntly presented with occasional flashes of eloquence, and positive in its nature. Dwight Eisenhower urged and set forth a program for fiscal responsibility, not of the sort that stifles growth but of the kind that can stand as a springboard for national progress.

In another year, in different political circumstances, the speech might have been hailed for its firm stand on principle. But in Year 1959 it was met with...

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