Sparring over Social Security

How long will it take the wolf to get to the door?

"Political terrorism!" shouted New York Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan. "You are coming in here cry ing crisis! crisis! bankrupt! bankrupt!"— a devious maneuver, he charged, designed solely to help the Republican Administration balance the federal budget. Secretary of Health and Human Services Richard Schweiker icily replied: "That is completely false, absolutely false."

The explosion occurred at an occasion that in other years would have been soporific: a Senate Finance Subcommittee hearing to consider the Administration's annual report on the Social Security trust funds....

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