The Week December 11 -17

NATION

The Potomac Tax Shuffle

Trying to reposition himself in postelection Washington, President Clinton went on national television to espouse a "Middle Class Bill of Rights" consisting mainly of -- surprise! -- tax and spending cuts. Seeking to differentiate his program from tax and spending cuts advocated by Republicans, the President explained that his were aimed at producing "a leaner, not a meaner, government." The Administration's tax cuts would favor middle-income Americans with children and would include new higher-education deductions. The as-yet-unspecified spending cuts would target, among other agencies, the Departments of Transportation, Energy and Housing.

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