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Speakes' Quip

October 31, 1985

Stupidity, a Reagan Administration hallmark, shows up even in such presumably tongue-in-cheek remarks as the dilly uttered by Larry Speakes, chief communicator for the Great Communicator.

Referring to unfavorable comments by Franco Modigliani, Nobel Prize winner in economics, about the farcical "balanced federal budget by 1991" proposal, Speakes made a quip about Modigliani as "the fellow who painted the Sistine Chapel."

That's about what to expect from a stooge of Ronald Reagan, the most efficient budget-buster in U.S. history.

JOSEPH C. SASWELL

Los Angeles

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