Pander Meter

When the going gets tough, the incumbent gets generous. Add up the altruism President Bush has demonstrated this month as he tries to close the gap with Clinton:

Miffed China and Israel but mollified angry aerospace workers by okaying the sale of $6 billion worth of F-16s to Taiwan and $9 billion worth of F-15s to Saudi Arabia

Boosted farm-state fortunes $1 billion with the new wheat Export Enhancement Program

Promised to spend $500 million to rebuild marginally important Homestead Air Force Base

Lowered premiums for the 15-year FHA-insured home mortgages favored by upper- income buyers

Promised 100% federal reimbursement of...

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