A TAXING SITUATION

REPUBLICANS WANT IRS REFORM AS A HOT ISSUE NEXT YEAR. BILL CLINTON IS DETERMINED TO DEDUCT IT

When it comes to jumping aboard somebody else's bandwagon, nobody compares with Bill Clinton. Having already neutralized Republican attempts to make budget balancing and welfare reform into their signature triumphs, last week he plunked down among them on the IRS, an issue they had hoped to make their own in the '98 congressional elections. To do that required him to undercut his own Treasury Secretary. Robert Rubin insisted he would never accept an IRS reform bill so long as it imposed on the agency an oversight board from the private sector. Rubin went on insisting right up to the day last...

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