Reality Check

BOB KERREY SAYS his commission on entitlement reform isn't "a political gesture" that will go nowhere. The new Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement & Tax Reform, which Senator Kerrey (D-Neb.) chairs, aims to make recommendations to cut spending on entitlement programs, such as welfare, Social Security, and Medicare--whose costs climb ever upward. The panel's vice-chairman, Senator John Danforth (R-Mo.), insists "our objective is not just another report."

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