The White House has been leaking to media and Capitol Hill sources plans to push through perhaps this year or early next a series of personal tax breaks and incentives, mostly targeted at middle and upper class investors. Novak’s column quoted Hastert as saying that nothing could be done in the House without Thomas’s backing — and that Thomas wasn’t backing Bush’s plan. Never mind that both Thomas and Hastert were part of White House strategy meetings on the economic stimulus package earlier this summer.
“They feel overlooked,” says a House Republican leadership staffer. “Hastert feels as though he’s been doing the heavy lifting for the White House and he and the Republicans in the House don’t get enough credit.”
Novak’s column made clear that economic stimulus was DOA in the House, in part, because of Thomas’s desire to be hands on in the planning and the fact that this time he feels he wasn’t, and because Thomas is more concerned about blunting Democratic economic legislation.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?