OK, not exactly like your mother. But the message was very down-home: Start saving for a rainy economy. Greenspan urged Congress, in crafting the 1999 budget, to keep the tax-cut goodies out -- and sock the extra money away until the impact of the Asian crisis on U.S. prosperity can be fully appreciated.
"These uncertainties underscore the need for caution as you move ahead in your work on the 1999 budget," Greenspan said. "There is no guarantee that projected surpluses over the next few years will actually materialize." And eat your vegetables -- or he'll raise interest rates.