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6A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 11, 199b


Dole's campaign
niay be the last of
WWII generation

Clinton says budget
should be balanced

N From JFK to George
Bush, WWII vets sat
in the Oval Office
LAFAYETTE, La. - As a photo op,
it didn't quite rival Boris Yeltsin doing
the twist.
But -it still was a sight to behold:
Staid Bob Dole, short on sleep and
hoarse of voice, shedding enough of his
Midwestern reticence to get down and
boogie, sort of.
The Republican presidential nomi-
nee, 73, was campaigning in the steamy
bayous of Lafayette, and a joyous Cajun
band and vocalist were belting out
music that made you want to set down
your bowl of jambalaya, loosen your
collar, stamp your feet and shimmy.
Dole obliged in his own dignified
way, first swinging his left arm in time
to the kinetic beat, then advancing to a
conservative shuffle. He moved toward
his wife, Elizabeth, who was clapping
in time to the music. He took her hand
and, caught up in the exuberance of the
moment, she swayed a little, too.
And so Dole steps off the political
stage with a bit of a dance, his personal

last hurrah and perhaps the last hurrah
for his aging generation; neither he nor
anyone else from the World War II era
is likely to run again for the United
States' highest office. Dole personifies
a generation "tempered by war," as
President Kennedy put it, that is dis-
solving into history.
Not that this is unique, says Allan
Lichtman, professor of history at
American University in Washington,
D.C. Another war generation came and
went in the second half of the 19th cen-
After Lincoln, "Virtually every pres-
ident through (William) McKinley had
had a role in the Civil War," Lichtman
says, but that distinction ended abruptly
in 1901 when McKinley was assassi-
nated, hurling Teddy Roosevelt into the
White House at age 42. What followed
was what Lichtman calls "a tremen-
dously creative period of new ideas and
new policies known as the Progressive
Period, bringing us women's suffrage,
the direct election of senators, pure
food and drug laws, the Federal Reserve
What comes now is the start of
another generational cycle.
"The question," says Lichtman,

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton declared yesterday that if he
"could do one thing" in his second term
it would be to balance the federal bud-
get, an accomplishment that has eluded
every chief executive for nearly three
decades but one that Clinton pro-
nounced "easily achievable."
Clinton said he believes a plan to
eliminate the
deficit can be c
passed within 1 wn,,
the first year
of his second balanced
term, although
he did not set a that woui
date by which
the budget the door
could be bal-

the incremental progress we've made in
health care reform."
Clinton told retiring ABC broadcast-
er David Brinkley: "I think psychologi-
cally and, in fact, economically it i,
very important for America to have
balanced budget."
Budget deficits are projected to
increase again next year after several
years of shrinking, but Clinton did not

idpass a
Id ... open
s of

explain how he
would reach a bal-
anced budget that
includes a tax cut
without more
restraints on the
growth of populo
programs like
Medicare and
Medicaid than he
has been willing
to accept.
His renewed
resolve on the
deficit comes
less than a year

Defeated Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole gives a "thumbs-up." As Dole
leaves politics, he closes the door for a generation of American leadership.

author of the recently published "Keys
to the White House;" "is this: Will the
rise of the new generation bring on a
new burst of creativity in policy-mak-
ing and break up the logjam that we've
seen for many decades?"
Beginning with Kennedy in 1960
and ending with George Bush in 1992,
presidents of Dole's generation over-
saw such profound postwar changes as
the end of racial segregation, the wax-
ing and waning of the Cold War, the
population explosion, the advent of

Medicare, Medicaid and the welfare
state, legalized abortion and the mod-
ern feminist movement.
"It will now be up to the new genera-
tion to deal with future consequences of
all these things," says Andrew Polsky,
professor of political science at Hunter
College in Manhattan.
The age gap didn't affect the outcome
of the Clinton-Dole matchup so much as
the fact that Dole was out of his element,
away from the political arena in which he
was most effective, Polsky says.

anced and college to
offered no
details other Americam
than insisting
that such a Pre
budget include
two of his campaign pledges: tax
incentives for college tuition and
expanded health care coverage for the
Asked if he were "able to accomplish
only one thing" with the mandate vot-
ers gave him last week, Clinton
responded, "I would pass a balanced
budget that would ... open the doors of
college to all Americans and continue

t all
esident Clinton

after a bitter partisan stalemate with
the Republican Congress over how
balance the budget resulted in two
partial shutdowns of the federal gov-
ernment. Clinton then hit the cam-
paign trail to hammer away at the
Republican budget plan - which
proposed a balanced budget by 2002
- as Draconian and dangerous to the

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