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Promises, Promises

December 14, 1996 provocative and disturbing chapter of a soon-to-be-published book by the redoubtable Brookings Institution has been making the prepublication rounds in Washington. Titled ``The Unfulfillable Promise,'' the chapter is a woeful portent of forthcoming federal budgets. Surprisingly, however, the ``unfulfillable promise'' is not the stuff of welfare, medicare or social security,...

Fiscal and Economic Policy: Making Ends Meet Won't Be Easy

November 16, 1996 TREASURY DEPARTMENT aving ridden into his second term in large part on the strength of the national economy, Clinton was hardly likely to dump Secretary Rubin. Rubin, the low-key former investment banker who was, early in the President's first term, head of the NEC, has won points for keeping the...

Folded, Spindled . . .

October 5, 1996 NATIONAL JOUNRAL Vol. 28, No. 40 Democrats, Republicans and even Ross Perot have vowed to transform--and perhaps eliminate--the IRS. They cite inefficient management, ineffective modernization, intrusive collection methods. Yet some critics also say that many of the agency's problems are not its fault. roud, secretive, powerful--and, some charge, incompetent--the Internal...

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