Clashes and Compromises

The budget struggle begins anew with disputes over defense and jobs

"Nothing is certain but death, taxes and congressional cuts in the defense budget," proclaimed Republican Senator John Warner of Virginia, a former Navy Secretary. Actually, in the budget battle that began last week, the question of taxes is very much a matter of uncertainty. But military spending has already become a blazing battleground that promises to produce some cuts and much political bleeding.

Armed with red, white and blue charts detailing the Soviet military threat, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger marched up to Capitol Hill...

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