No President in U.S. history has had an opposition-party Congress for so much of his tenure (three-fourths), and few have fought so doggedly and effectively against it as Dwight Eisenhower. Last week Ike was fighting — making it plain that he would fight until Congress adjourns in July against any overblown welfare-spending plans that would imperil a balanced budget. To the fight he brought an assortment of ploys and thrusts worthy of the tough and formidable politician that he has gradually become.

From the White House came a "warning," as Ike himself called it, that if "domestic requirements" press...

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