Bush on the Home Front

Bush on the Home Front : Domestic Policy Triumphs and Setbacks

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Military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq consumed so much attention during his presidency that few people appreciated that George W. Bush was also an activist on the home front. Despite limited public support, and while confronting a deeply divided Congress, Bush engineered and implemented reforms of public policy on a wide range of issues: taxes, education, health care, energy, environment, and regulatory reform. In Bush on the Home Front, former Bush White House official and academic John D. Graham analyzes Bush's successes in these areas and setbacks in other areas such as Social Security and immigration reform. Graham provides valuable insights into how future presidents can shape U.S. domestic policy while facing continuing partisan polarization.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 589.67g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 19 tables
  • 025322215X
  • 9780253222152

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[A] worthwhile project written in an accessible style ... readers ... will come away from this work with a better knowledge of the realities of policymaking in twenty-first-century Washington.Spring, 2011 * Political Science Quarterly *show more

About John D. Graham

John D. Graham is Dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. From 2001 to 2006 he served as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, White House Office of Management and Budget.show more

Table of contents

ContentsPreface and Acknowledgments 1. Ambiguous Mandate, Polarized Congress 2. Lower Taxes, More Spending 3. The Social Security Debacle 4. Making Sure Kids Learn 5. Drug Coverage for Seniors 6. Producing More Energy 7. Consuming Less Energy 8. Cleaner Air, Warmer Climate 9. Illegal Immigration: Punishment or Amnesty? 10. Tort and Regulatory Reform 11. Meltdown and Bailouts 12. Taking Stock, with Lessons for Future PresidentsNotesIndexshow more

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