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September 21, 1981
I dont like Mondays. This morning I was given the news that our successful coalition in Cong. is breaking up in the face of our need to get additional budget cuts. I think they have ’82 election jitters. We have to have those cuts & we have to solve the Soc. Security problem. The D. leadership has refused to tackle the problem in an effort to find a bi-partisan solution. They are staking it out as an ’82 campaign issue in which we’ll be portrayed as trying to pinch the Sr. Citizens. The fact is the “trust fund” will be out of money by election time. A cheerful note—met with top business people who also are leaders in a variety of good private sector non-profit activities such as “Boys Club,” “Heritage Foundation” etc. We’re enlisting their aid in stimulating private take over of much of what govt. has tried to do in Social programs that are costly & not as effective as voluntary efforts can be. Met with several groups of Cong. men on everything from high interest rates to A.W.A.C.S. One visit however, was to present me with a resolution signed by 155 R. Reps that they will vote to sustain any vetoes I may make to hold down the budget.