Deja Voodoo? Dan Rostenkowski proposes a grand budget compromise

Politics is a science. No, politics is an art. Stop -- both are wrong. Politics is a game, played in Washington these past two years by politicians so concerned about the next election that they are willing to sacrifice the next generation. Every official in the capital knows that little can be done to bring down the nation's appalling deficit or tackle the problems of drugs, education and the environment without raising taxes. Still, paralysis prevails. "You go first," say the Democrats in Congress. "No," replies the Bush Administration, "you go first."

Last week someone finally took the plunge. House Ways...

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