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Democrats and Tax and Spend

August 13, 1992

Kevin Phillips' analysis (Opinion, Aug. 2) of the Clinton candidacy as a significant change for the Democratic Party is right in this respect: The Democrats have nearly mastered the repackaging of their tax-and-spend ideals.

This is a milestone for the Democrats. When they used to wear the self-sacrifice ideal as a badge, now Gov. Clinton and Sen. Al Gore thinly disguise it behind quotes from the Bible, a "New Covenant" and the shameless use of personal tragedy for political drama. The style may be Elmer Gantry; the substance is still Michael Dukakis.

SCOTT M. HOLLERAN

Glendale

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