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Published in THE POST-STANDARD, 2000. Used by permission.


When she declared her candidacy for the U. S. Senate from New York, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, as expected, promised to fight for an ever larger federal government—in part by expanding programs targeting children and the poor and opposing Republican tax cuts. But, Mrs. Clinton also drew attention to another issue when she declared: “It is just wrong that today New York sends $15 billion more in taxes each year to Washington than New York gets back.” Mrs. Clinton must believe that the net return of federal tax dollars to New Yorkers is unrelated to the size of the federal government—or at least believes that New York voters believe this.

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