Commentary: Bush's Declaration Of Independence

Pat Buchanan isn't the only Republican at odds with leaders of the Grand Old Party. On Sept. 30, GOP front-runner George W. Bush blasted House Republicans for trying to free up money in the fiscal 2000 budget by deferring tax refunds owed low-income workers under the Earned Income Tax Credit. "I don't think they ought to balance their budget on the backs of the poor," Bush said. And while party leaders howled over what they termed an Austin ambush, they promptly killed off the idea on Oct. 4. Their reward: The next day, in a speech on education at the Manhattan Institute, Bush took another step away from his party's Washington leadership: "Too often, my party has confused the need for limited government with a disdain for government itself," he said.

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