Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! This Will Hurt

As budget cuts loom, yelps are already being heard

Confusion and agony dominate the debate. Confusion, because no one can say which of the proposed cuts in Government spending might become law. The drastic ones recommended in Ronald Reagan's new budget? The arbitrary ones contemplated by the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act? Whatever might emerge from a tortured compromise between President and Congress? Agony, because one thing is quite clear in any event: whenever, however and by whomever the job is done, any major shrinking of the gargantuan federal deficit must involve spending surgery that will hurt more citizens more seriously than ever. As that realization sinks in, the cries of anticipatory pain...

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