Jerry Ford has never met a payroll. It would be one of the ironies of our time if the President was undone at the polls and one cause of his fall was that gallant cliché from the conservative past, a past he has evoked in his battle against Big Government.
But it is apparent that there is a growing gap between what Ford talks about and what comes out on the bottom line of the ledger. His own White House staff, for instance, is still bloated with 550 people, 10% or 20% above some estimates of what is needed.
One cannot gauge...