We are now in the middle of the battle over the 1984 budget. The president is browbeating us to “stay the course”; we have to derail him. Our job is not only to restore the services he would cut but to demand economic development, jobs, and the satisfaction of human needs.
Reagan’s supporters have tried to create the impression that this budget is “realistic” and “reasonable.” It is—but only if you compare it with the loony fantasies that had been floating around the White House, such as taxing unemployment benefits or eliminating corporate income taxes. As my father used to say, “Praise God for small mercies.” From the standpoint of reducing unemployment or giving ordinary people a chance to get ahead and social services when they need them, the budget is ridiculous....
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