John Roy Price, author of The Last Liberal Republican: An Insider’s Perspective on Nixon’s Surprising Social Policy, will speak at the Dutch Treat Club in New York. Price is a Rhodes Scholar and Harvard Law graduate who joined Daniel Patrick Moynihan and John Ehrlichman as Special Assistant to President Nixon in the White House to develop robust domestic policies on welfare, hunger and health care. Price offers rich detail as to Nixon’s adroit political skills in navigating a precarious balance between a Democratic Congress and an increasingly conservative tide running in Republican politics, hostile to Nixon’s imaginative strengthening of the social safety net with guaranteed family income, food stamps programs, children’s nutrition programs in schools, and, amazingly, a vigorous pursuit of national health insurance decades before its adoption. Price left the White House in 1971 for a career in banking, culminating in his being President of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, and he is now retired.
Price will be joined by entertainer Sean Harkness, a performer and composer on solo guitar. The event will run from noon to 2:00 p.m.
To attend, RSVP at the Dutch Treat Club website.