The Outspoken Speaker

Jim Wright takes Congress's top job and starts a row over taxes

| It was not an auspicious beginning for the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. No sooner had Jim Wright of Texas been voted into the top job in Congress last week than he called for a delay in reducing the top rate called for in the new tax-reform bill. Congressional Republicans and the Administration jumped all over him, and fellow Democrats recoiled in dismay, hearing echoes of Walter Mondale's disastrous appeal for a tax increase during the 1984 campaign. Though Wright's proposal would apply only to couples with taxable incomes exceeding $150,000, a tax hike of any kind seemed...

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