Budget: The Real Issue

February 1981
National Review;2/20/1981, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p136
The article ponders on the debate between supply-siders and budget-cutters in the U.S. in 1981. The debate on such issue has never been economic. It had all along been political and tactical. The political fact was that budget-cutting, the elimination or reduction of federal programs, was difficult. Several federal programs could be shown to be ineffective, inefficient, counterproductive, or dispensable. But such programs had constituencies that had mastered the art of putting the heat on the U.S. Congress.


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