Famine -- and Feast

Clinton's $1.5 trillion budget restrains defense and domestic spending but lets entitlements roam free

If the U.S. government were a family, the budget Bill Clinton unveiled last week would leave little room for anyone to have fun. There would be no pay raise for either Mom or Dad, no vacation, no new car, and less money (after inflation) even for such necessities as food, shelter and clothing. And if the family were like the U.S. Government, that strapped little foursome would legally have no choice but to cut back. The President must meet legally mandated spending limits, so he proposed slashing appropriations for seven of 14 Cabinet departments, shrinking some 300 programs and eliminating more...

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