I Hear You, I Hear You

In heeding the advice of critics on taxes and the Supreme Court, is Clinton playing smart politics or choosing the path of least resistance?

Bill Clinton should have known his energy tax was in jeopardy when lobbyists who opposed it offered the people of Billings, Montana, a free lunch of cold cuts and chocolate cake. Citizens for a Sound Economy, a Washington antitax group, placed full-page ads earlier this month in the Billings Gazette, inviting residents to a noon rally to learn the evils of the President's proposed tax on the heat content of fuels. More than 150 people -- a virtual mob by Big Sky standards -- gathered at a downtown hotel to hear a Washington economist explain that the tax would cost every...

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