Whose Ox Will It Be, Anyway?

Pay more tax for the commonweal? Are you out of your mind, man?

Little more than a week into his Administration, President Bill Clinton is busily trying to build support for new energy taxes aimed at cutting the looming $300 billion federal budget deficit. Yet so far, the spirit of self-sacrifice is hardly the response Clinton has called forth. Within milliseconds after aides sent up trial balloons on the topic, consumer and business groups began wrangling over just whose taxes should jump.

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