Issues 2000: Tax Cuts Before Tots

Candidate Bush is pushing his compassion, but poor kids in Texas have not seen much of it

George W. Bush had a simple fiscal policy as Texas Governor: he called for meeting the people's "basic needs" and returning what's left to "the hands who earned it." But it didn't work that way for Ray Haros, a poor kid from Austin's barrio in need of health insurance. While Bush delivered $2.7 billion in tax relief, Ray got left out of the equation.

Ray, 6, a slender boy with large brown eyes, who has been diagnosed with depression and attention-deficit disorder, should be under regular care by a doctor. The Haros family income, which rests on the mother's $5.35-an-hour job...

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