Nation: A Scratch in the Surface

Above all else, President Johnson worked at projecting a cost-cutting, budget-minded, fiscally responsible picture. Three times in one week, he ordered department heads to review money requests for next year's budget, cut them to the bone. He demanded that Cabinet members weed out nonessential staffers. "In short," he said, "I want you to give as much attention to management as you do to your programs. . . I intend to disapprove any budget request for more personnel except where the facts leave me no choice."

Still, the budget that President Johnson will propose to Congress next month will come to...

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