The Nation: Two from Column B . . .

In keeping with his campaign promise that top officials in his Administration would publicly disclose their assets and liabilities as a step toward restoring Americans' trust in their Government, Jimmy Carter last week issued financial statements for 15 Cabinet-level officials. If this was full disclosure, maybe total concealment deserves another try. Instead of announcing actual assets and liabilities, the White House used letter symbols ranging from A ($1 to $5,000) to E ($100,000 or more).

The statement of Bert Lance, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, for example, listed six Es and one D under liabilities, reflecting at least $650,000...

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