Campaign 2000: The Bush Tax Tango

He wants to please rich Republicans and keep his pledge to be compassionate. Can he pull it off?

At 10 A.M. E.T. last Thursday, nine of the nation's top conservative economists stopped what they were doing, placed a call to the same telephone number and spent the next 90 minutes debating how to save George W. Bush from his own party. Not that any of the economists--all good Republicans--put it that way. But with the G.O.P. in Congress engaged in a tax-cutting frenzy that has perturbed even the imperturbable Alan Greenspan, the pressure on Bush's team of number-crunching advisers to devise an economic plan for the presidential front runner has intensified. Their task: to satisfy the Republican Party faithful's...

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