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Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s$
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Yanek Mieczkowski

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123493

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123493.001.0001

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Ford’s Vision for America

Ford’s Vision for America

(p.73) Chapter 4 Ford’s Vision for America
Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s

Yanek Mieczkowski

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines former U.S. President Gerald Ford's vision for the U.S. From the moment Ford stepped into the executive branch, liberals in Congress decried his vision for the country, or lack of one. During his presidency, Ford's views ignited ideological opposition from Congress and Democrats took a traditional approach to correcting the country's economic ills, emphasizing full employment and an active role for the federal government, with less concern about inflation and budgetary deficits. This chapter suggests that Ford's conciliatory leadership produced legislation while also preventing an exacerbation of the executive-legislative tension inherent in divided government.

Keywords:   Gerald Ford, executive branch, U.S, liberals, Democrats, conciliatory leadership, executive-legislative tension

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