Bush on the Home Front: Domestic Policy Triumphs and Setbacks

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12
Taking Stock, with Lessons
for Future Presidents

George W. Bush’s domestic policies receive far less attention than his foreign policies, especially the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.1 Any president’s foreign policies certainly deserve sustained scrutiny, but this book has supplied a wealth of evidence that Bush was also a bold and activist president on traditional domestic issues. In light of the partisan divide in the Congress and Bush’s limited political standing throughout most of his presidency, it is remarkable how ambitious he was and how much of his domestic agenda was enacted and implemented, whether by legislative or executive actions, and yet these accomplishments, by and large, have not been rec ognized.

In this final chapter, I offer my own evaluation of Bush’s domestic record. What were his most important achievements? Which of his enacted reforms are likely to prove problematic? Did he propose any policies that, though blocked by effective opposition, are promising enough that they should be reconsidered

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface and Acknowledgments vii
  • 1 - Ambiguous Mandate, Polarized Congress 1
  • 2 - Lower Taxes, More Spending 27
  • 3 - The Social Security Debacle 54
  • 4 - Making Sure Kids Learn 63
  • 5 - Drug Coverage for Seniors 93
  • 6 - Producing More Energy 115
  • 7 - Consuming Less Energy 163
  • 8 - Cleaner Air, Warmer Climate 194
  • 9 - Illegal Immigration- Punishment or Amnesty? 221
  • 10 - Tort and Regulatory Reform 251
  • 11 - Meltdown and Bailouts 272
  • 12 - Taking Stock, with Lessons for Future Presidents 292
  • Notes 333
  • Index 403
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