In an unfortunate coincidence, given the beating NY took from Hurricane Sandy and the need for federal disaster assistance, today is the anniversary (October 30, 1975) of the infamous NY Daily News headline, FORD TO CITY: Drop Dead. It appeared when New York (and several other major metropolises) were mired in a fiscal crisis and on the verge of bankruptcy. President Ford vowed he would veto any fiscal relief package passed by Congress, saying New York needed to set its financial house in order on its own. And yet, in a move seemingly unimaginable in today’s political climate, Ford, who never actually said “drop dead,” eventually relented and federal loans were made available to the city.
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- Episode 032 How Baseball Became America’s National Pastime
- Episode 031 America’s Forgotten Colony in Cuba
- Episode 030 Presidents and the Media: The History of Political Spin
- Episode 029 Spies, Traitors, & Saboteurs: Civil Liberties in Times of National Crisis
- Episode 028 The Crises of the 1790s and the Making of US National Identity
- Episode 027 JFK at 100 – The Legacy and Memory of a President