A Not-So-Brief Intermission

Then Reagan will face a new, more demanding set of issues

The stage is empty. There is a dramatic pause, tinged with accomplishment and anticipation. Washington's feature performers have exited—Ronald Reagan to his California ranch, Congressmen to their home districts. Act I of the Reagan Revolution, subtitled by the President "A New Beginning," was a dramatic 200-day political showdown between (stage right) an Administration determined to change America's economic system radically and (stage left) a Democratic House leadership hoping to preserve the social programs and progressive taxes that have evolved since the New...

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