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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-08 07:49 PM
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58. Guerrilla Warfare and the Budget: Senator Phil Gramm
Here's a real golden oldie, Gramm-Rudman -- the built-in excuse for denying social spending:

Guerrilla Warfare and the Budget: Senator Phil Gramm

The New York Times
February 27, 1987

Senator Phil Gramm is a legislator with a stomach for one-man battles.


Less Inclined to Do Battle

The other principal sponsors of the budget-balincing law, Senator Warren B. Rudman, Republican of New Hampshire, and Senator Ernest F. Hollings, Democrat of South Carolina, are less inclined to do battle than is Mr. Gramm.

''Phil is going to stonewall it up to the end,'' Senator Rudman said. ''He thinks that works. I don't play it that way because I'm not sure it will work.''

Mr. Rudman said he was willing to discuss changing the law's deficit target but not until Congress had done all it could to reach the $108 billion target.

Senator Hollings wants to keep the target at $108 billion. But he acknowledges he is worried, especially about the potentially adverse impact of Mr. Gramm's tactics. ''He loves guerrilla warfare and he loves to lose,'' Mr. Hollings said. ''He's my heaviest burden.'' In 1981, when Mr. Gramm was a Democrat serving in the House of Representatives, he was ostracized by his party after he joined the White House and Republicans to push through President Reagan's major budget cuts of that year.

In 1985, after switching to the Republican Party and the Senate, he promoted the idea of the budget-balancing law but initially was paid little attention. Then he caught the leadership of both the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-controlled House off guard when the idea suddenly caught fire politically.


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