Urban Uprising

Brickbats for New Federalism

Ronald Reagan's vision of his New Federalism had sounded almost idyllic. He would cut the nation's states and cities loose from the oppressive purse strings of the Federal Government, leaving them with fewer federal dollars but more freedom to decide how they would be spent, and he would lower the burden of all taxpayers at the same time. Thus it came as quite a jolt to the President last week when some of the beneficiaries of this new freedom protested loudly that the President's plan was hastily conceived, harshly implemented and downright unworkable. The chorus of protests rose...

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