AMERICAN NOTES: Button Up Your Overcoat

Americans were treated last week to a rare brand of presidential counsel — an oldfashioned, almost motherly rendering of helpful hints on how to lick high prices. Ford requested — and got — prime-time tri-network coverage of his speech to the Future Farmers of America in Kansas City, Mo. It was a rather inflated forum, given the caliber of the message. "Bring budgeting back in style," he said. "Brag about the fact that you are a bargain hunter . . . save as much as you can and watch your mon ey grow."...

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