National Affairs: A Dual Responsibility

Required by law to send his fiscal 1958 budget to Congress last January, Dwight Eisenhower soon made it clear that his Administration was still trying to find ways to shave the record-breaking $71.8 billion. Later, after Treasury Secretary George Humphrey set off a clamorous flap by predicting that big budgets would lead to a hair-curling depression, President Eisenhower passed the hot budget potato to Congress, saying that it was the "duty" of Congressmen to cut spending—if they possibly could. The House of Representatives tossed the potato right back with a resolution asking the...

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