A Little Terrifying: Reagan's Deficit

That was the word for deficits as Reagan and Congress prepare to do battle

On the surface, the mood ranged from cozy to playful as members of the 98th Congress convened to be sworn in last week. In the Senate, New Right Curmudgeon Jesse Helms of North Carolina, whose filibusters made him a renegade late last year, embraced two of his colleagues at once, while newly elected Virginia Republican Paul Trible, 36, sat down for a deferential chat with sixth-term Mississippi Democrat John Stennis, 81. In the House, children crawled around the floor and...

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