Nation: In the House: A Little More Respect

"I welcome you to the brotherhood of fiscal conservatism, and I assure you that the people on my side of the aisle will be doing our very best to pro vide you with many opportunities to put your vote where your campaign rhetoric was. Believe me, deviations will be noted."

With that bit of banter, Minority Leader John Rhodes last week made his usual gracious speech conceding the speakership to Thomas ("Tip") O'Neill. The Speaker hardly needed the reminder that he leads a chamber that is dedicated just as much as the Senate to reducing federal deficits and halting inflation. Notes...

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