THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Obfuscation? Dumb Insolence?

The Presidency

Joe Califano, the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, does not have any armies, embassies or national forests, but he may be emerging in the current season as the second most important man in Washington.

He is tinkering with the heart, mind and body of America. In the absence of a threat of war, and with most pocketbooks reasonably well filled, those subjects are looming again as pre-eminent national concerns. Almost every day Califano is in the midst of the skirmishes on abortion, student loans, school desegregation, treatment of the handicapped, hospital costs, welfare reform, social security, smoking, drug control...

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