John F. Kennedy: The Promise Revisited

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we will never be sure of Kennedy's intentions because of the tragic events in Dallas. The contention here is that Kennedy would have at least rivaled Johnson's record and put Gore and Galbraith to rest.


NOTES
1.
See C. O. Jones, An Introduction to the Study of Public Policy ( North Scituate, Mass.: Duxbury Press, 1977), ch. 1-5.
2.
Especially reflected in the 1946 Employment Act. See Stephen K. Bailey, Congress Makes a Law ( New York: Columbia University Press, 1950).
3.
See Richard Musgrave, "Alternative Budget Policies for Full Employment," American Economic Review 35 ( June 1945): 387-400.
4.
For a discussion of this period, see James L. Sundquist, Politics and Policy: The Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson Years ( Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1968), pp. 15-85; Wilfred E. Lewis Jr., Federal Fiscal Policy in the Post War Recession ( Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1962), pp. 205-209.
5.
Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy ( Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1961- 1963), p. 74.
6.
Theodore Sorensen, Kennedy ( New York: Harper and Row, 1965), pp. 117-118; Herbert Stein, "Tax Cut in Camelot," Earl Latham, ed., J. F. Kennedy and Presidential Power ( Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath, 1972), pp. 84-90.
7.
Sundquist, Politics and Policy, pp. 27-33.
8.
Stein, "Tax Cut in Camelot," pp. 84-86.
10.
Sundquist, Politics and Policy, pp. 33-34; National Party Platforms: 1840-1968, compiled by Kirk H. Porter and Donald B. Johnson ( Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1970), pp. 582-600; Stein, Politics and Policy, pp. 87-89.
11.
U.S. Senate, Senate Report 994, Part I, 87th Cong., 1st Sess., remarks by Senator John F. Kennedy, Business Publications Conference, New York, October 12, 1960, p. 561; Sidney Kraus, ed., The Great Debates ( Gloucester, Mass.: Peter Smith, 1968), The Debate of October 7, 1960, pp. 379-380.
12.
Stein, "Tax Cut in Camelot," pp. 87-89.
13.
Edward S. Flash, Economic Advice and Presidential Leadership ( New York: Columbia University Press, 1965), pp. 269-275.
14.
Walter W. Heller, New Dimensions of Political Economy ( New York: W. W. Norton, 1967), p. 33.
15.
Theodore Sorensen, Kennedy ( New York: Harper and Row, 1965), pp. 399-414; Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, the President's News Conference, July 19, 1961, p. 515, and Radio and Television Report to the American People on the Berlin Crisis, p. 537. In the Berlin speech, Kennedy mentioned a possible tax increase and a balanced budget for FY 1962.
16.
Letter from Paul A. Samuelson, October 2, 1968. Samuelson headed a transition advisory team that had a "heavy majority" in favor of a tax cut; however, the tax cut was "deemed not feasible politically." See also Sorensen, Kennedy, p. 398.
17.
Heller in fact admits that "as recovery waxed during 1961, his ( Kennedy's) interest in economic matters temporarily waned." See Heller, New Dimensions of Political Economy, p. 31.

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