Nation: If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who?

Michigan's Governor George Romney last week faced without flinching his state's tax mess. At the same time, he laid his political future on the line.

Romney appeared before a special session of the legislature to present a tax reform program that included a flat 2% personal income tax, a 3½% corporate profits tax, and a 5½% income tax on financial institutions. It was a tough plan and by no means popular. But upon its success or failure may rest Romney's chances for the G.O.P.'s 1964 presidential nomination.

Bluntly charging the often recalcitrant legislature to act,...

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