National Affairs: The Easy Victim

Every year it gets a little harder for the Administration to sell foreign aid to the U.S. Congress—and 1958 threatens to be the hardest year yet. With the demands of Sputnik era defense and of welfare-type spending that cannot be cut, even members of Congress who know perfectly well that foreign aid is really more hardheaded than softhearted may find themselves gripped by an urge to slice away at the only easy victim in town.

Aware that a classic battle looms, President Eisenhower sent to Congress last week a request for $3.9 billion in foreign-aid funds, $500 million more than the budget-slashing...

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