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Deficit Spending: Political Hot Potato?

Following several years of revenue surpluses, federal spending runs deeply in the red. And Democrats say President Bush's plan to revitalize the economy would drive the federal budget deeper into deficits of hundreds of billions of dollars. At issue: will current deficit spending become the potent political issue it was in the 1980s and 90s? NPR's David Welna reports.

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David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.