Walking into Bright Sunshine
E ISENHOWER'S PERSONAL MISSION should not have been mysterious. The few who followed his public comments since the end of the war were able to perceive his delicate blend of conservatism and internationalism that somehow denied jingoism and excluded passion. Indeed, by the time he arrived at the White House, the years of recrimination and charges had rendered restoration of confidence in the nation's leadership as the first priority. However future historians might view Truman, his ultimate failure to keep the people with him must be regarded as a major inadequacy. Eisenhower, the conservative moderate and the famous healer of Allied forces, had little doubt about the nature of the mandate for change.
One of the big shortcomings of the New Dealers, of course, at least according to Republican rhetoric, was the failure of government by brain-trusters and ward heelers to appreciate sound business principles. The new Administration, while restricted by rigid previous spending commitments, would nevertheless attempt some fiscal pruning toward the ultimate ideal of a balanced budget. Regardless of the inherent difficulties that Dodge cited, the years of complaining about the excesses of the New and Fair Dealers, with charges of "waste" and "reckless spending," had made a shift necessary, if not for economic, certainly for political reasons. Eisenhower, hopeful that his budgetary aims would be aided by ending the Korean war, was finally in a position to implement his faith in fiscal strength as the major goal for the maintenance, as he was certain, of a free society. Restoring an economic climate conducive to investors by clear assurances that the new Administration opposed