On the Chopping Block

The Administration unveils its new budget

Before a stunned Senate committee last week, Budget Director David Stockman, his voice full of scorn, derided the excesses of the military retirement system. "It's a scandal; it's an outrage," he said, adding that "institutional forces in the military are more concerned about protecting their retirement benefits than they are about protecting the security of the American people." Declared Stockman: "When push comes to shove, they'll give up on security before they'll give up on retirement."

Then, like a general who seizes his enemies' weapons and turns them against his foes, Stockman grabbed some labeled boxes brought into the hearing room...

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