Serving Up a Bitter Pill

Mondale hopes to score on candor with his deficit-cutting plan

Half the population would pay higher taxes, but by law none of the money could be returned to them in the form of increased Government benefits or services. Indeed, there would be new limits on federal spending to assist farmers and the elderly sick. And all this for the sake of averting a disaster—runaway deficits—that to many citizens seems no more than a vague cloud on a far horizon.

It sounds like an odd way to attract votes. But for Walter Mondale, this is no...

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