This May Hurt a Little

Anxiety, and some surprises, as the extent of Reagan's revolution sinks in

The early days of a revolution are a time of pervasive confusion. A sense of sweeping change exhilarates some people, frightens others and causes nearly all to question anxiously just what the changes eventually will mean for the shape and texture of their own lives. So it was in Week 1 of the Reagan revolution in U.S. economic and social policy.

The general outlines of that revolution are clear—and striking—enough. The mammoth budget bills, passed by Senate and House just before the...

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