Magazine article Monthly Review

MONTHLY REVIEW: Fifty Years Ago

Magazine article Monthly Review

MONTHLY REVIEW: Fifty Years Ago

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The composite picture of the late President Kennedy which comes through from the many eulogies and biographical sketches which have appeared in print and over the airwaves in the weeks since his death is that of a man of genuinely outstanding qualities And yet if we look at the record of accomplishment during Kennedy's three years in the White House, there is very little which, by anyone's standards, could be considered positive. About all that can be said is that he and his administration did put out a remarkable stream of speeches, messages to Congress, testimony before Congressional Committees, departmental reports, etc., describing and analyzing the nation's economic and social problems in great detail and with a wealth of supporting facts and figures But Kennedy's legislative proposals for solving the problems and remedying the evils revealed in his and his associates' utterances were all of the "too little and too late" variety; and very few were finally enacted into law, even in a watered-down form

Kennedy came to Washington as an ardent believer [in the beneficent instrumentality of U. …

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