Nation: The Master Chef

It happens every year. As the time approaches for Congress to vote money for foreign aid, the President of the U.S. must try to find some way of dealing with Louisiana Democrat Otto Passman, chairman of the House subcommittee that passes on foreign aid appropriations. It makes little difference what the President decides to do. For in any event Passman is certain to try to slash foreign aid to the barest nubbin. And he often succeeds.

Thus, in 1957. when the foreign aid program was before Passman's subcommittee. Republican Dwight Eisenhower invited Passman to the White House. Ike meant to use all...

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