Welfare for the Well-Off

America's comfortable classes may think Clinton is putting the squeeze on them, but he's barely touching billions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks

Most of the patrons come to Chicago's Metropolitan Club for the prime beef and the 67th-floor panorama of the city by the lake. But the exclusive, oak- paneled club also offers an excellent view of America's welfare culture.

That's what Mary Grigsby learned as she waited on tables for the corporate executives, lawyers and politicians who frequent the club. She watched them carefully keep track of their receipts so they could write off their cocktails and meals as a "business expense," subsidized by average taxpayers who enjoy no such deduction. Grigsby, 40, a single mother who lost her job after an...

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