January 24, 2005

YOU PASS IT, HE'LL SIGN IT:

For Bush, GOP Leaders, Some Policy Paths Diverge: Political ambitions and congressional legacies can trump the desires of a second-term president. (Janet Hook, January 24, 2005, LA Times)

When the Republican high command gathered for a private dinner at a resort by the Chesapeake Bay last month, party leaders talked about how to use their newly enhanced political muscle to begin carrying out a sweeping conservative agenda when Congress reconvenes this week.

White House officials had made it plain that President Bush wanted them to set aside other big issues and promote his promised overhaul of Social Security. But some in the room had a different plan.

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas objected to postponing another campaign promise — making big changes to the tax code — that seemed to DeLay a clearer political winner.

"He was more nervous about going ahead on Social Security," said one person who attended the dinner. And DeLay said he was "annoyed" that Bush wanted to set up a study commission on taxes, according to another participant, because "he saw it as a delaying mechanism."

The exchange has not deterred Bush from opening the Social Security debate — and setting up a tax commission.


So pass a tax bill.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2005 8:15 AM
Comments

or vouchers, even

Posted by: Palmcroft at January 24, 2005 8:22 AM

Nothing wrong with the Grover Norquist strategy-- pass a tax cut every year. "Reform" never is permanent, addiction can be as good as.

Posted by: Dan at January 24, 2005 8:55 AM
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