Back from the Woodshed

Budget Boss Stockman punches out the numbers again

He was hardly the dominating figure of past appearances on Capitol Hill. In fact, he was carefully hidden from public view in the office of Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker. Nonetheless, there was David Stockman doing what he does best, hunching over a desk in shirtsleeves to tap out spending estimates on a pocket calculator. His typically virtuoso performance may have saved his job.

Rumors still circulate that Stockman will be eased out as Office of Management and Budget director after he finishes shaping the fiscal...

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