Bush Determined to Push through Hardline Agenda ; NEW ADMINISTRATION President Hits the Ground Running with Raft of Conservative Policy Initiatives after Lavish Inauguration
Dejevsky, Mary, The Independent (London, England)
GEORGE BUSH is expected to begin his presidency with a flurry of executive acts and policy initiatives designed to end the Clinton era and bring "compassionate conservatism" to a country that is not at all sure it wants it.
With his nominations completed in record time, and scarcely an hour after being sworn in, he blocked the last executive acts of Bill Clinton, ensuring that measures not yet entered in the official Federal Register will not take effect. New environmental measures to restrict pollution from livestock and guidelines designed to safeguard standards in Medicare - the pensioners' health scheme - are among the orders that will not be implemented.
Mr Bush also intends to review the panoply of executive orders, including land conservation orders - but not Saturday's pardons - issued by Mr Clinton in his last weeks in office.
Two hours after Mr Bush issued his blocking order, the Senate approved half his Cabinet nominations, including Colin Powell as Secretary of State, Paul O'Neill at the Treasury and Rod Paige as Education Secretary. A priority for the President this week will be to ensure that the confirmation of two other cabinet members, John Ashcroft as Attorney General, and Gale Norton as Interior Secretary, are not derailed. The latest forecasts were that both would be confirmed before the end of this week, despite fierce opposition from Democrats, especially to Mr Ashcroft because of his unbending religious conservatism.
In his inaugural address, Mr Bush did his best to offer something to everyone, while sticking to the promises of tax cuts, education and pension reform and stronger defence that he made during his campaign. For sceptical Democrats, there was concern about the social and ideological divisions in the country, and a pledge to make "unity" a priority. "While many of our citizens prosper," he said, "others doubt the promise - even the justice - of our own country. Sometimes our differences run so deep, it seems we share a continent, but not a country. We do not accept this and will not allow it. I will work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity."
But the speech was also …
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