Nation: On Our Guard

Addressing the New York state legislature, Nelson Rockefeller sounded every bit as frugal as Lyndon Johnson. Urging fiscal austerity, Rocky promised a balanced budget with "no increase in taxes." Otherwise, his message had a preoccupied air to it, sounding to Albany's Knickerbocker News like "a last-minute fill-in by someone who is going away for a while."

Obviously, Rocky's mind was on bigger things than state legislative affairs. Speaking to Washington's National Press Club, he, too, examined President Johnson's State of the Union speech and found it wanting—largely on the ground that it dangled promises that "simply will not be delivered at the...

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