WE'LL GET KILLED ON THIS

CLINTON WILL TRIGGER A FIRE STORM IF HE VETOES AN IRS REFORM BILL. BUT HE HAS NO CHOICE: RUBIN WON'T BUDGE

Frank Luntz, a G.O.P. pollster, can already see the 30-second ad in his mind. It opens with ominous music and a deep voice recounting tales of abuse by the Internal Revenue Service. It cuts to images from recent Senate hearings featuring a priest as one of the agency's innocent victims and IRS whistle blowers testifying from behind screens to hide their identity. Then the voice announces that while Republicans want to overhaul the IRS and scrap the tax code, President Clinton and his Treasury Secretary, Robert Rubin, are defending the status quo. "If you like the IRS," Luntz's fantasy ad continues,...

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