THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Rising Rumble over Taxes

The Presidency

From Begin to Billy, the American audience for a year has cheered or booed the spotlighted drama of the moment. But there is evidence that beneath it all, the political concern seems to be coming back to basics—taxes.

Michigan's Republican Congressman Guy Vander Jagt elevates the tax issue to geophysical dimensions. "It is a tidal wave," he says, after a week of listening to complaints on a trip from Florida to California. Oklahoma's Democratic Representative James R. Jones finds signals of desperation among small businessmen and wage earners. The burdens of state and local taxes are at the breaking point, they...

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