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May 2, 1986
George Will's column (Editorial Pages, April 21), "Stockman Revolution Is a Loser," again shows that Will is merely an apologist for big government. His statement, " . . . Americans really do want mild social democracy . . . " is utter trash. The proponents of socialism are merely left-wing academics who wouldn't be able to find a job in a world of true laissez-faire capitalism. Instead, they have perpetuated their mediocrity by foisting collectivism on the American people. It's not as bad as the cradle-to-grave welfare system of Sweden's Social Democratic Party, but it would be if they got their way. Will defends Reagan's role as a "consensus politician."
April 27, 1986 | Joel Havemann, Havemann, an editor in the Times' Washington Bureau, is the author of "Congress and the Budget" (Indiana University Press)
David Stockman lives in a world of blacks and whites. There are no shades of gray, there is no room for doubt. His world has room for only two kinds of people--good guys and (mostly) bad guys. It's easy to tell them apart. Stockman's bad guys want a government program to benefit every narrow, selfish interest. His good guys want to keep the government out of private enterprise. The bad guys seek "socialist wealth redistribution"; the good guys favor "capitalist wealth creation."
April 26, 1986 | KEITH LOVE, Times Political Writer
In his controversial new book, former Reagan budget official David Stockman tries to discredit supply-side economist Arthur Laffer, saying that Laffer became "glib" and "disingenuous" about the federal deficit when it began to balloon in the early days of the Reagan Administration. On Friday, Laffer took some shots at Stockman at a Los Angeles press conference. "David Stockman just never got it," said Laffer, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in California.
April 23, 1986 | KEITH A. OWENS, Times Staff Writer
Shouting "We are the new majority" four times, civil rights leader and former presidential candidate the Rev. Jesse Jackson concluded a campaign-like speech Tuesday, exhorting students at UC San Diego to "heed the calling of your day."
February 23, 1986
The more the Administration tries to explain its fiscal 1987 program, and the deeper one burrows into the budget document, the more it appears to be steeped in fantasy and mythical assumptions. David Stockman may have crunched the numbers so they looked good, but at least he could discuss them with some measure of reason and logic. Stockman would not have committed the sort of blunder made this week by his successor as director of the Office of Management and Budget, James C. Miller III.
July 9, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
David Stockman, the often-controversial Administration whiz kid who has served as architect of President Reagan's budget policies, announced today that he is resigning Aug. 1 to take a position on Wall Street. Stockman, 38, a two-term Republican congressman before being tapped to spearhead Reagan's attack on federal spending, said he will take his long-expected leave from government to join Salomon Brothers, an investment banking firm.
June 28, 1985 | United Press International
President Reagan lashed out today at a report of a speech budget director David A. Stockman gave saying a tax increase is needed because the nation's books are "wildly, dangerously and intractably out of balance." Stockman delivered the off-the-record dinner speech June 5 to a Washington meeting of the directors of the New York Stock Exchange. The New York Times in its report on the speech said several guests at the dinner confirmed the accuracy of Stockman's remarks.
January 4, 1985
David Stockman has given Los Angeles a Christmas gift for which it should be--and eventually will be--externally grateful. OTIS H. WADE Los Angeles
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