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after this defeat,
which I will describe, they always put
in the budget whatever the Congress
voted because they considered it a
futility to be defeated constantly in
the House and Senate.
But I would think that the Institutes, seeing
their overall program in jeopardy, would
have spoken up.
Actually, they were very, very pusillanimous,
shall I say.
I was very depressed by this situation in the
budget. I knew there was no use of
making any direct approach to Mrs. Hobby
or Nelson Rockefeller, as they were
taking the Eisenhower line that economy
must be made everywhere and they had no
special interest or passion about what
could be done to save lives.
The November elections, however, changed the
mood; both in Wisconsin and in New
Jersey Democrats were unexpectedly
elected for Republicans had been
considered sure winners. Just after
election, Dr. Russell Lee of Palo Alto
came to Washington and Oveta Hobby asked
him for an appointment to get his views.
It seemed she really wanted his opinions
as she was worried. He told her it was
no good to cut appropriations and to
have no health program, as this would
not be attractive to the voters. Howard
Rusk saw Oveta Hobby, too, and
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