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Bush Hopes Dems End Obstructionism

Friday, 04 January 2002 12:00 AM

The assertion before members of the Texas Legislature in the State Capitol Rotunda, where Bush's portrait was unveiled and hung next to other previous state governors, came on the cusp of a trip to California and Oregon in an effort to revive his economic stimulus package, laying comatose in the Democrat-controlled Senate after House passage last year.

The White House aggressively had courted moderate Democrats in the Senate in hopes they would pressure plurality leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to bring the stimulus bill to a floor vote, but that did not happen.

Instead, Daschle launched a new broadside Friday at the president's economic policies and offered his own economic plan.

Daschle clearly does not adhere to the belief that a federal budget "surplus" merely indicates overtaxation.

``Sept. 11 and the war aren't the only reasons the surplus is nearly gone,'' he said in an election-year speech in Washington. ``The biggest reason is the tax cut.''

The $100 billion version of Bush's original stimulus package was approved in October by the House, but later amended to include a refundable tax credit to displaced workers to enable them to buy health care benefits. The Democrats reject the credit and instead want provisions providing direct payments to workers and increased unemployment insurance benefits.

"I still believe that [getting things done] can happen," Bush said Friday in recounting the bipartisan accomplishments of his governorship.

"Sometimes Washington needs to figure out that politics isn't what's most important, the people are what's most important," he said. "And so I'm going to take that can-do Texas spirit to Washington for however long I'm there, and remind people that results ... are what matters, not rhetoric; remind people that if you're willing to share credit, if you're willing to tell the other person that you're going to succeed as well, amazing things can happen; and remind people that our country, just like our state, is much bigger than the political process.

"Those are the lessons I learned here in this state capital."

Bush praised the performance of Texas staff who moved to Washington because success does not come "without a good team around you."

"There's no such thing, in my judgment, as a one-man band when it comes to politics or being the governor or being the president of the United States," he said. "You're only successful if you're able to convince a lot of good folks to join the team and to empower them to achieve the common objectives."

During his brief speech, the president frequently resorted to humor to acknowledge the importance of his Texas roots in his life. His six years as governor, he said, "was a joyous six years for us here."

"It kind of reminds me of what Harry Truman said. 'I never tried to forget who I was or where I'd come from and where I was going back to.' And that's what this Capitol says to us. And so does Crawford."

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