The Nation: The Nixon Revolution: Promise and Performance

IT was not, as Attorney General John Mitchell had described it, "the most important document since they wrote the Constitution." Nor did it fit Richard Nixon's own advance billing as "the most comprehensive, the most far reaching, the most bold program in the domestic field ever presented to an American Congress." The President's State of the Union message was an uneven mixture. It centered on a truly radical plan to reverse the history of decades by reversing some of the flow of governmental money and power—by turning it back from Washington toward the states. It also included old proposals newly adorned...

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