AMERICAN NOTES: The Sedan of State

One part of the President's economic package went slamming into contradiction with a decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. By seeking repeal of the 7% excise tax on automobiles and by imposing a new 10% surcharge on foreign imports, Nixon means to stimulate the American automobile industry and its suppliers: steel, glass and the rest. The policy implies the addition of still more American cars to a bumper-to-bumper society.

The court of appeals ruled, however, that automobile and gasoline advertising on television may be in the same class as cigarette advertising, that is, "controversial," and therefore...

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