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CLINTON WON’T GO FOR REICH’S IDEA

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Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has a dandy idea:

Why not trim the budget by cutting corporate welfare programs - those vast federal subsidies, tax breaks and support systems that benefit industries and special interests - instead of cutting the social welfare programs that help the poor and elderly?Why not indeed? Why pick on the underprivileged when the privileged are raking it in?

Well, for openers, Reich's boss won't go for it.

Reich is on his own on this one. President Clinton may not favor the Newt Gingrich plan to build orphanages and throw pregnant teenagers out on the snow. But he doesn't want to look as though he is anti-business, either.

So far, the Clinton administration has been more business-oriented than either Republicans or much of the corporate world has admitted. If you disagree, just ask some grumpy union guys how sour they are. (They took revenge by failing to turn out to vote for Democrats.)

Marianne Means

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