Nation: Never in 19 Years

"I think this country is going to collapse," wailed a Michigan dairy farmer. If House Minority Leader Gerald Ford were not an optimist—and an ambitious Republican to boot—he might have thought so too, after four days of listening to dysphoric constituents in Michigan's Fifth District. "Never in my 19 years in Congress," said Jerry Ford at the end of a pulse-taking tour last week, "have I seen people so disturbed."

From Byron Center to Kent City, Saranac to Rockford, the voters seemed overwhelmingly unhappy. "It's nothing but taxes, taxes, taxes," growled a Cedar Springs man. "Negroes don't want equality," said a Kent...

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