Table: Hits, Misses, and Moving Targets
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.