1,000 Points of Spite

Wrangling over the budget forces the government to shut down, at least for a while

If, as George Bush warned last Tuesday, "no nation can continue to do business the way the Federal Government has been operating and survive," the U.S. is in peril. So it seemed for several tumultuous days in Washington last week. Only two nights after the President's nationally televised address, an angry coalition of right-wing Republicans and liberal Democrats revolted on the floor of the House, overwhelming and sinking a bipartisan plan to rein in the rampaging deficit. The uprising left the government without a budget or the authority to spend money for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, forcing the...

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