Americana: Watch What We Do, Not What We Say

When he first came to town, Jimmy Carter vowed to cut down on Government regulations and make them more understandable. Thus, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Joseph Califano must have been proud a few days back as he announced that his department—the Government's biggest spender—was starting a five-year campaign to make HEW's edicts briefer, simpler and fewer. He even gave the campaign a nice snappy title: Operation Common Sense. Great, but the HEW flacks handed reporters 43 pages of verbiage to explain how much sense Common Sense made. And Califano topped it all off by announcing that a new...

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