THE PRESIDENCY: More Power to States

On the home front last week President Eisenhower quietly pushed a pet project that, despite the early skepticism of veteran politicians, may mark one of the radical contributions of his Administration. He wrote to House Speaker Sam Rayburn outlining the first firm steps he wants to take in returning to the 48 states some functions now handled by the Federal Government -along with the revenue sources to pay for them.*

His offer: in return for giving up $100 million worth of federal grants-in-aid they now get for vocational-education work and water-purification plants, the states should get the chance to...