One Blueprint, 535 Contractors

Tax reform will be sanded, sawed and chiseled on Capitol Hill

"Rosty" the reformer? No one who has watched Congressman Dan Rostenkowski cut a deal with a colleague or swing a golf club with a lobbyist has ever called him that. Indeed, as a former Chicago ward heeler and protege of the late Mayor Richard Daley, he seems to be the quintessential machine pol. Yet, by the peculiar dynamic of politics, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has become the point man for the most ambitious attempt ever at overhauling the loophole-laden tax code. "The reform hat I am wearing is not yet comfortable," Rostenkowski cheerfully confessed to the...

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