Nation: Saving Social Security

To do it, Americans mil pay $227 billion by 1987

House Republican Whip Robert Michel of Illinois exclaimed last week: "This is the biggest tax bill we've ever passed—bar anything! People out in the country are disturbed and incensed." Confided Illinois Republican Representative John Anderson: "A lot of fellows are worried about defending this bill in the fall campaigns."

But despite the concern about political consequences, there was considerable satisfaction among Republicans as well as Democrats that Congress had finally agreed on legislation to restore the Social Security system's financial health. The cure—tax increases...

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