Nation: Fastest Game in Town

Maneuvering to get credit—or dodge blame—for a tax cut may not like the headlines you read, Mr. President. But if we hadn't acted, you'd have seen headlines you liked worse."

That blunt admonition to Jimmy Carter was delivered last week by Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd. The West Virginian was referring to his abrupt decision the week before to flout White House policy by suddenly endorsing a tax cut for next year. Not only had Byrd failed to tell the President he was going to change the party line and advocate a tax cut, he had not notified House Speaker Tip O'Neill....

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