His wife opted for a private service rather than a larger, state funeral in Washington, D. Johnson signed the Medicare Act on July 30,
Here also he dealt with three major issues: He managed well with two of these domestic matters. Students of the Truman presidency do not often realize that Truman was the first chief executive to organize the administration of his high office. He was not the first modern American president; Franklin Roosevelt deserves that distinction.
Under Roosevelt the old ways of the presidency disappeared, for during the New Deal and World War II the government became too large; never again could a president conduct his affairs with a few assistants and enjoy leisure that took him out of White House offices for large parts of each day.
But none of these presidents had large office staffs, although Roosevelt had expanded the White House staff from thirty-seven people in March to several times that number in and had also arranged for a new group of assistants, the Executive Office of the President, created in at the recommendation of a federal commission.
Truman turned the energies of these assistants to presidential problems rather than, as under Roosevelt, internecine rivalries. He sought ideas from his assistants, welcomed arguments over matters of policy, and asked that contentions be set forth in well-reasoned memoranda. Once he set the lines of policy, he expected support from assistants.
In addition to reorganizing the White House staff, Truman vastly expanded the Executive Office of the President, both because he believed it needed expansion and because Congress forced his hand.
Uncertain over the economic advice Roosevelt had received, Congress in created the Council of Economic Advisers, a three-man panel of trained economists. The National Security Act of and its amendments then created an organization for presidential coordination of defense and foreign policy, the National Security Council.
At first Truman gave it little attention, but after the outbreak of the Korean War, he attended its sessions and used it carefully as a management device. The act created the Department of Defense, reduced the navy and army to subcabinet status, added an air force subdepartment, and created the Central Intelligence Agency.
Truman also brought the sprawling federal bureaucracy under control. At the outset of his tenure, he found that the bureaucracy had grown fromcivilian employees in to 2.
He could not have controlled his part of this mass through the White House staff and the Executive Office staff.
Moreover, most civilian employees were under civil service; the president appointed only 3, Truman therefore had to rely on his cabinet. He trusted that cabinet members would control their departments and thereby do the bidding of his administration.
His management of the cabinet hence turned out to be far different from that of Roosevelt and other of his twentieth-century predecessors. Cabinet departments, to be sure, had been far smaller in pre-Roosevelt days, and perhaps it was easier for a president to ignore the cabinet.
Truman, upon becoming president, was appalled to learn of the formlessness of the Roosevelt cabinet: He dismissed most of the Roosevelt appointees in the initial months of his administration. He insisted upon dealing directly with members of the cabinet, and it was their task, he said, both to show loyalty to him and to control their departments.
Not all Truman cabinet appointees proved able; but in the crucial areas of military and foreign affairs, his appointments were generally excellent. Cabinet meetings became business sessions, each official taking up his problems by bringing them before the group, with the president making the decision himself.
The domestic legislation of the Truman era followed carefully the main lines of expansion of economic and social programs advanced by the New Deal.
At the outset, in SeptemberTruman sent to Congress a sixteen-thousand-word message proposing full-employment and fair-employment-practices bills, federal control of the unemployment compensation program, a large housing program, and the development of natural resources. The proposals ran into a hail of criticism "brickbats," Truman privately described themand not much came from this message offered so early in his presidency.
Most of his initial months were consumed by arguments whether price controls would prevent inflation while manufacturers sought to fill the huge postwar demand for civilian goods. Inpolitics and the Berlin blockade took much time. Only in early could he go back to his domestic program of three years before.
The program of contained twenty-four points and began with the words "Every segment of our population and every individual has the right to expect from our government a fair deal.
It asked repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act, which had passed over a presidential veto in and which outlawed industry-wide strikes, closed shops, and mass picketing; made unions liable to suits; required union leaders, before they could use the National Labor Relations Board, to file affidavits declaring that they were not Communists; set up cooling-off periods before strikes; prohibited the use of union funds for political contributions; and gave the president power to obtain antiunion injunctions.
The Fair Deal promised increased coverage for Social Security, federal aid to education, and compulsory health insurance. The last issue brought Truman into frontal conflict with the American Medical Association, whose leaders cried "socialized medicine" and eventually helped to establish private programs of health insurance.
The time was not right for the Fair Deal, in either or In the immediate postwar years, the desire to relax, to have done with challenges, governed the popular mood; the exertions of the New Deal era followed by those of wartime had been too much.
Truman himself bemoaned the public selfishness of the early postwar period when arguments between his administration and Republican leaders in the House and Senate, who wanted to lift price controls because of shortages, notably a meat shortage inpersuaded the president to give up the effort to control consumer prices.
He may well have reached the low point of his presidency that year when he wrote out a speech about price controls, which he did not give but which came close to offering his resignation from the presidency.
Victory in the election of and the exhilaration of becoming president in his own right in January momentarily convinced him that the old American spirit of self-sacrifice and generosity again was abroad in the land, that Americans by voting Democratic had affirmed the New Deal and the Fair Deal.
Then he began to sense that his mandate was more personal than public, a recognition of his attractive, fighting personality rather than of his ideas for economic and social legislation.After his party’s blistering defeat in the election, Harry S.
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