National Affairs: The Senator & the Monster

The $85.4 billion budget that President Truman requested in January could hardly be more difficult to comprehend if it were written in Roman numerals. Piled up in silver dollars, it would rise 152,935 miles; it totals nearly three times all the U.S. currency in circulation. Congress took one look at the monster and began screaming for cuts. The Administration replied, as usual: fine, but where? The legislators, as usual busy with many things (including their own pork barrels), have neither the time nor the technical manpower to work out a convincing answer.

But one Senator at least is having a go at...

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