Martin Schram: Free riders on the 'Fair Share' Express

The ornate East Room of the White House was bathed in TV klieg lights and all three of the nation’s TV networks were beaming the president’s prime-time news conference live, coast to coast.As I rose from my front row seat, as Newsday’s young Washington bureau chief, I realized I was about to confront the president with a stunning discovery I had found that afternoon that would sound like a made-for-TV movie coincidence. Except it would put the president’s latest scandal into a context that hard-working, tax-paying Americans would find instantly infuriating.It was Feb. 25, 1974. While Washingto…

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