The Administration: Back to the Land?

While George Romney went a slumming, theWhite House turned a shrewd distaff eye upon the countryside. Accompanied by a Cabinet-rank coterie, the President's wife last week took off on a four-day, seven-state Midwest trek to broach a new Johnsonian quest: Can the U.S. slow the hegira to the cities, haul the hamlets out of hibernation, and reverse the overwhelming demographic thrust of the century?

Almost certainly not. Already 70% of America's population lives on 1.3% of its land. A tide of unskilled rural migrants floods the crowded ghettos, choking the cities' power...

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