The Nation: Child Care Veto

So crucial is the matter of early growth that we must make a national commitment to providing all American children an opportunity for healthful and stimulating development during the first five years of life.

THUS spoke Richard Nixon in an early statement as President in 1969. What has now become an important political issue is a proposal that would be a striking extension of responsibility for the Federal Government: taking on greater financial responsibility for the nurture of many of the nation's young, through a broad program of educational and medical aid to children.

The President's own Family Assistance Plan, still stuck in...

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