What Do You Do With A Cool Trillion?

Clinton's plans for the budget surplus could sharply limit spending options for years to come

Funny how $1 trillion focuses the mind. Until recently, Washington was locked in an endless debate over the role of government in an era of deficits. Even in 1998, when surpluses first appeared, pols still were playing the same old game: What Democratic spending programs would have to be cut to fund which GOP tax cuts? How should Social Security be trimmed to assure its solvency?

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