Ready Or Not

As Clinton takes office, a slow start and a string of broken promises signal a rough ride ahead

SINCE HIS ELECTION, BILL CLINTON HAS MORE THAN DEMONSTRATED his brains, energy and rapid grasp of complex issues. He named his Cabinet by Christmas and kept his vow to bring diversity to top government posts. For two days in December, he conducted a tour de force over the economic landscape, dazzling TV viewers as he pitched and fielded questions on subjects ranging from capital formation to auto-emission controls. He even talked policy as he frolicked on the beach, giving some Americans an impression that they had elected a new-age Renaissance man who could juggle all sorts of modern challenges. In a...

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