THE ADMINISTRATION: The Economy: Trying to Turn It Around

For Gerald Ford, the presidency has been a learning process, and he is a slow and methodical study. It was not a goal and destiny he pursued and prepared for. The office was thrust upon him, and he has attempted, haltingly at times, manfully always, to cope. On Wednesday in his State of the Union message, Ford was to present in its entirety his most ambitious endeavor to date: a new, sweeping economic and energy program designed to combat the recession without igniting further inflation and to conserve fuel in the bargain. Though there might be some last-minute changes in...

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