ABC's Jake Tapper heard George Bush lay out his legislative ambitions for the Democratic-controled 110th Congress: "Out went the President's tough campaign rhetoric; in came talk of bipartisan cooperation." So Tapper outlined the two agendas. From the White House: permanent tax cuts, an eventual balanced budget, an end to anonymous earmark spending and a line-item veto; from the Democrats: increased homeland security, a raise in the minimum wage and federal biotechnology funds for embryonic stem cell research.
Analysis came from ABC's George Stephanopoulos (no link): "These parties are far apart on policy," he stated, giving thumbs down to the tax cuts, the line veto and the stem cells, thumbs up to the minimum wage and the earmarks. "A big question is immigration reform. The President has more natural allies on policy but the politics of it are still very tough."
CBS' Sharyl Attkisson chipped in with three more items on the Democrats' agenda: reduced prescription drug costs, lower interest rates on student loans and fewer federal subsidies for the oil industry. As for that talk of bipartisanship, the Republicans now find themselves "cut out of the legislative push." They "wonder what happened to all the nice talk."
You must be logged in to this website to leave a comment. Please click here to log in so you can participate in the discussion.