Change in Direction Under Nixon
President Nixon's second term may well mark a historic break in the steady expansion of the federal government's role as purveyor of social programs—that is, programs for improving the social and economic conditions of life for particular segments of the population plus programs for general community betterment. The changes Nixon sought in the name of the “new federalism” during his first term are being pushed harder than ever and with less regard for objections from Congress. The new impetus for restructuring the nation's social programs stems from the President's landslide re-election victory, which the White House interprets as a mandate from the people, and from his determination to avert deeper budget deficits or tax increases. To cut back spending, he ...