Playing It Cool or Frozen in Ice?

Reagan urges G.O.P. to "draw sabers and charge"

If the fate of the U.S. economy were not at stake, there might be some macabre enjoyment in watching the cat-and-mouse game being played out in Washington over Ronald Reagan's proposed budget for fiscal 1983. The President's men look at Capitol Hill and argue, in the words of one, "We have to let the process up there cook a while longer. It needs to bake some." Convinced that a projected $96.4 billion federal deficit is unacceptable, Republicans stare back at the White House, hoping for a sign of presidential compromise. Gleefully eyeing the disarray...

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