How the Defense Budget Crashed

The President himself led the charge. In a concentrated campaign lasting more than a month, he sought to justify his proposed increase of 10.7% in military spending for fiscal 1984. Republicans in the Senate had agreed to delay considering the budget while he pressed his case on TV, on the road and in private. Some hoped that Reagan would carry the day by rallying voter support for the full range of military needs he endorses. Others hoped he would see the need to modify his stance. In the end he failed to do either....

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