With the passage of his irresponsible tax-cutting budget bill, George W. Bush once again demonstrated the clout of a president in “wartime” as well as the formidable political focus of his administration. Squabbling among Republicans in the House and Senate over the size of the tax cuts threatened to stall or even derail the bill. Bush, with his eye firmly on the 2004 presidential election, set a deadline for Republicans to make up,...

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