Essay: HOW TO CUT THE U.S. BUDGET

THE most contentious book of the season has a nowhere plot, grey characters, and not even the beginnings of a bedroom scene. It certainly will be on nobody's Christmas list, except perhaps that of the Soviet embassy, whose operatives religiously study it as the best single guideline to U.S. frustrations, strengths and dreams. This remarkable volume is the federal budget (478 pages; Government Printing Office; $1.50), and right now it is a lively subject of national debate and confusion. Practically everybody agrees that the federal budget is bloated, but practically nobody can agree...

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