Table: Catching It on All Sides
-- Moving up some of the rate cuts in the President's $1.6 trillion tax plan could mean deferring or deleting parts of his original 10-year package, which would anger conservatives.
-- If Bush agrees to a smaller, early tax cut, he gives Democrats a victory in their campaign to whittle down Bushonomics and makes it easier for foes to nix pieces such as the estate-tax repeal.
-- Bush might have shown more flexibility if it weren't for memories of his father's 1990 tax flip-flop. So he's letting Congress initiate a retooled tax policy, at the risk of seeming behind the curve.