The Public Interest

How to fix the deficit - really

Aaron Wildavsky & Joseph White

Winter 1989

AMERICAN POLITICS in the 1980s has been dominated by Ronald Reagan and federal budget deficits. Reagan is gone now, but the deficit remains. The new President and old Congress have many objectives and concerns, articulated in the electoral campaign; yet the national press resounds with calls for action on the “real problem” which must be solved before all others—the federal deficit.

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