Taxes: What Consensus?

Virginia Democrat Harry F. Byrd, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and longtime foe of budget deficits, pushed a bulging manila folder toward a visitor. "Now here are the letters about the tax cut from just one mail," said Byrd. "There are 60 of them there, and not one that's for it."

In other offices on Capitol Hill, the mail told the same story. California's Republican Senator Thomas Kuchel has received five letters favoring President Kennedy's tax program out of 2,000 letters about it. Minnesota's Democratic Senator Hubert H. Humphrey has received 700 letters about taxes so far this session—and...

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