Capitol Hill gridlock could have been smashed by minimal West Wing effort. No administration since LBJ's has had a more successful legislative track record than this one. From tax cuts to Medicare, the White House gets what the White House really wants. It never really wanted the "poor people stuff."To be fair, he blames both Democrats and Republicans for the failure of the programs:
At the end of the day, both parties played to stereotype -- Republicans were indifferent to the poor and the Democrats were allergic to faith.He describes how Bush's major funding for faith-based initiatives was diverted at the last minute:
In June 2001, the promised tax incentives for charitable giving were stripped at the last minute from the $1.6 trillion tax cut legislation to make room for the estate-tax repeal that overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy.
Wake up people. If you aren't rich, Bush doesn't care about you--No matter how "hard" you pray.