The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 25, No. 10, October

Beaten and Bushed
The black comedy of a White House on the verge of a nervous breakdown "It's the worst job in the world," said Sam Skinner. "Howard Baker said that when he was Reagan's chief of staff. The worst." One month after Bush's defeat on November 3, 1992,...
Beyond Paper Cuts
In December 1992, two of Bill Clinton's top economic advisors, Roger Altman and Lawrence Summers, wrote the president-elect a private memorandum wargaming the first Clinton budget's economic goals. The two men - they are now top deputies to Lloyd Bentsen...
P.C. Corps
Standing before a hand-painted banner of a huge glowing sun and sliding easily into the talk-show format that has become his trademark, President Clinton was in his element as he addressed the hundreds of college-age students who had just completed...
Renter Beware
Just $14.99 a week for a color television sounds pretty good to a $6-an-hour factory worker or a mother on welfare. For people without the cash or the squeaky-clean credit history to buy it at Sears, "renting to own" offers an alluring alternative:...
The Money Fix
The Democrats' plan to clean up campaigns wont' make politicians kick the Big Dollar habit. I know; I was addicted once myself Last May, President Clinton unveiled his plan to change corrupt campaign practices. The president calls his proposal the...
Why the Party of the People Has a Grassroots Problem
"A telephone blitz like this nation has never seen," Tip O'Neill grumbled. He wasn't a happy man. In the last week of July, 1981, as the House inched toward a vote on President Reagan's first budget - the one with tax cuts and a huge defense increase...