THE CONGRESS: More Sad Than Bad

At the beginning of the 92nd Congress, Richard Nixon welcomed the legislators with hyperbole. They had, he said in his 1971 State of the Union address, "a chance to be recorded as the greatest Congress in America's history." He then recited the "six great goals" that underpinned his "new American revolution." Said the President: "If we act boldly—if we seize this moment and achieve these goals—we can close the gap between promise and performance in American Government, and bring together the resources of the nation and the spirit of the people."

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