Bush on the Home Front: Domestic Policy Triumphs and Setbacks

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Notes

1. Ambiguous Mandate, Polarized Congress

1. Susan Page, “Bush’s Disapproval Rating Worst of Any President in 70 Years,” USA Today, April 22, 2008, p. 7A.

2. “The Bush Legacy: War Horse,” Economist, March 1, 2008, pp. 90–91; John D. McKinnon, Alex Frangos, and Elizabeth Holmes, “Can Bush Transcend His Own Record?” Wall Street Journal, Jan. 28, 2008, p. A6.

3. The typically light treatment of Bush’s domestic policies is evident in Jonathan Rauch, “Small Ball After All?” National Journal, Sept. 20, 2008, pp. 22–28.

4. Jacob Weisberg, “The Bush Who Got Away,” New York Times, Jan. 28, 2008 (online) (Bush was “too distracted by war and foreign policy”); Peter Wallsten and James Gerstenzang, “Bush’s Agenda Loses Focus,” Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2006, p. 1; Jim Vandetti and Mike Allen, “A Domestic Policy in Sharp Focus,” Washington Post, Dec. 10, 2004, p. A01; Susan Page, “Conflict Will Define Bush’s Role in History,” USA Today, March 14, 2006, p. A1.

5. Dana Milbank, “Bush’s Domestic Policy Gap,” Washington Post, Oct. 12, 2004, p. A21.

6. Dana Milbank and Jonathan Weisman, “Conservatives Restive about Bush Policies: Fresh Initiatives Sought on Iraq, Domestic Issues,” Washington Post, May 10, 2004, p. A01; Gary Mucciaroni and Paul J. Quirk, “Deliberations of a ‘Compassionate Conservative,’” in The Bush Presidency: Appraisals and Prospects, ed. Colin Campbell and Bert A. Rockman (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2004), 182–83.

7. Karen M. Hult, “The Bush White House in Comparative Perspective,” in The George W. Bush Presidency, ed. Fred I. Greenstein (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), 65–66 (discussing turnover in Bush’s domestic policy and economic advisers).

8. Wallsten and Gerstenzang, “Bush’s Agenda,” p. 1 (quoting a quip from Michael Tanner, director of health and welfare studies at the libertarian Cato Institute: “You mean they have a domestic policy?”).

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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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