Bill Clinton: Working the Crowd

Despite its higher taxes, Clinton's economic plan gets a warm welcome from the public, but Congress seems ready to give it a pounding

IF A PRESENCE HAUNTED THE HALLS OF Congress last Wednesday night, it was not Kennedy or Roosevelt or any of the other 20th century Democrats who beckoned the citizenry to sacrifice. It was Ronald Reagan, the last leader to stand before the country and sketch a vision so dramatic. "Government is not the solution to our problems," Reagan said in 1981. "Government is the problem."

"I believe government must do more," the young apostate declared 12 years later.

"We have every right to dream heroic dreams," Reagan said.

"We have got to play the hand we were dealt," Clinton replied.


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