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GOP Leaders Hit Kennedy on Budget Proposals

Jan. 18, 1962 - Republican leaders viewed the Administration’s legislative and budgetary proposals today as power-building projects. “President Kennedy is heading us toward the leviathan state,” said Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois (pictured), the minority leader in the Senate. The New Frontier, he said, “has turned out to be nothing more than a bright ribbon wrapped around the oldest and most discredited political package on earth — the centralization of power.” “Nothing,” said Rep. Charles A. Halleck of Indiana, the House leader, “in the history of our country as aged faster than the so-called ‘New Frontier.’ With President Kennedy’s State of the Union message it has grown into no frontier at all. It is the old story of more power for the White House, more spending, more debt, and more taxes.”

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