Jamming The Trigger

Centrists say Bush's tax cut needs a safety mechanism. Should he compromise or hang tough?

For all of President Bush's promises to bring a new tone to the capital, it felt like the bad old days in Washington last week. Democrats railed about the "shameful subversion of the process" as Republican leaders muscled the largest chunk of Bush's tax cut through the House with virtually no Democratic influence or support. The education bill everyone says he or she wants limped out of a Senate committee, but only after Republicans blocked Democrats from adding money for school repair and Democrats blocked money for vouchers. As a favor to business interests, Republicans in both houses rolled back Clinton...

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