That Bewildering Numbers Game

The budget resolution that the Reagan Administration wants the House to pass would hold federal spending in fiscal 1982 to $689 billion—or is it $710 billion? The alternative plan proposed by the Democratic leadership would cost $713.6 billion, or maybe only $692 billion. Depending on which proposal is adopted, the deficit next fiscal year could be $42.6 billion, or $31.4 billion, or $24.7 billion, or... well, pick a number. Any number.

Confused? So are many of the Congressmen preparing to choose this week between the Administration-backed Gramm-Latta resolution and the opposing measure crafted by James Jones, the Oklahoma Democrat who heads the...

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