Phil Gramm's Chilly New England Spring

On a sunny Mother's Day, the reserved Yankees of Rindge, N.H., politely sipped punch and nibbled cookies in their tiny town hall as Senator Phil Gramm railed against big government. The Texas Republican vowed to complete the Reagan Revolution by cutting taxes, slashing spending, forcing welfare recipients to work, and letting states criminalize abortion. "I'm shootin' with real bullets," he drawled. Clarence May, a retired phone company worker, nodded in approval: "I like what he's saying--but he's got an uphill climb."

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