The Safety Net Remains

The protests by now are loud and angry: the Reagan budget cuts are all but dismantling American social programs that have been built up over the past half-century. The protests are wrong: spending in those areas is actually increasing. In fact, even after inflation during the past few years is taken into account, the level of Government expenditures for major social programs will be higher in 1983 than it was in 1977 at the beginning of the Carter Administration. Overall, the Administration cuts will simply roll back some of the huge increases made in the past few years.

Among the largest trims...

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