Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Stuck with Labels


Everyone admits the injustice, the oversimplification of labels, but the press sticks them on anything and everything nonetheless. When it doesn't invent a label itself, the press gratefully seizes on someone else's catch phrase. That's how Ronald Reagan early captured the high ground on his budget cutting. He promised not to harm the "truly needy" and to provide a "safety net" for protected groups like the aged. These soothingly imprecise phrases, so often repeated by Republican orators and in the columns, have set the tone of the budget debate.

As the Administration settles in and its...

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