Defense Spending Debate

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Reagan's Defense Program

Unease Over Reagan's 1983 Budget Plan

Since early February, when the Reagan administration is sued a 1983 budget plan that anticipated a deficit of close to $100 billion, calls have been coming from all sides for a reexamination of defense expenditures.1 Top business and labor groups, political liberals and rock-ribbed conservatives, Northern Republicans and even defense-oriented Southern Democrats have joined in a chorus of criticism about the size of the defense budget and the way it is to be financed. President Reagan has insisted repeatedly that the proposed defense program cannot be changed. But because of the emphasis he put on balancing the budget as a presidential candidate, and because of the economy's shaky condition, he may have no choice but to accept ...

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