War on Terror
September 11 gave Bush's Presidency an overarching mission. It also boosted efforts to modernize the military and deploy Star Wars.
Big Tax Cut
Read his lips--he meant it. The hard-fought $1.35 trillion tax cut is his signature domestic achievement.
In this key victory, the President showed he can cut deals with Dems when it suits him.
-- Passing a patients' bill of rights.
-- Restoration of fast-track trade-negotiating authority.
-- Enacting parts of the stalled stimulus package.
-- Putting a national energy plan in place.
-- Compromise on a scaled-back "faith-based initiative."
-- Guaranteeing terrorism insurance for business.
PROBABLY GOING NOWHERE:
-- Private Social Security accounts.
-- Medicare overhaul and new drug benefit for seniors.
-- Big tax breaks for corporations.
-- Aggressive rollback of regulations.
-- Large-scale tort reform.