National Affairs: Plenty of Cooks

Just about everyone on Capitol Hill last week was a short-order cook with a favorite recipe for frying the fat out of Harry Truman's $71.6 billion budget.† The trouble was that most of the recipes were the old hit-or-miss kind handed down from grandmother's kitchen—take a chunk of executive expenditures, mix with a heaping tablespoon of Social Security appropriations and simmer until done.

Republicans were more hopeful than helpful. "We've got to cut out the dessert," declared Minority Leader Joe Martin. He was sure $4 to $5 billion could be melted off with ease. New York's nickel-minded John Taber thought at least...

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