Government: Trouble After the Party

It was nearly as risky as inviting Hedda Hopper, Sheilah Graham, Lolly Parsons and Dorothy Kilgallen to tea together, but Chief Economic Adviser Walter Heller thought he could pull it off. For months he worked to arrange an unprecedented meeting of four past chairmen of the Council of Economic Advisers with President Johnson. Though economists are a notably proud and prickly lot, Heller felt that the meeting would indicate that the former chairmen generally support the major points of the Administration's economic policy, and he hoped that acrimonious debate could be...

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