OPINION: These Folk Can Cope

Readers old enough to remember the 1944 hit Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive may find themselves murmuring Johnny Mercer's upbeat lyrics as they delve into the newest study of the nation's health and status. The Real America (Doubleday; $7.95) will not be published until this fall, but galleys have been circulating in Washington for weeks; President Ford has already publicly applauded its conclusions. This is hardly surprising, since Author Ben J. Wattenberg's upbeat and arguable analysis of the state of the Union amply reinforces Ford's own optimistic outlook.

Wattenberg followed Ihe advice of his...

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