Date: Fri, 24 May 2013 07:35:44 +0200
A Strong Push From Backstage
- By Jo Becker and Barton Gellman Washington Post Staff Writers Tuesday, June 26, 2007; Page A01 Air Force Two touched down at the Greenbrier Valley Airport in West Virginia on Feb. 6, 2003, carrying Vice President Cheney to the annual retreat of Republican House and Senate leaders. He had come to sell them on the economic centerpiece of President Bush's first term: a $674 billion tax cut. Corbis"> Corbis">Enlarge Photo When the president announced his economic package the day after this Cabinet meeting in January 2003, Cheney had one more thing to add. Corbis Cheney had spent months making sure the package contained everything he wanted. One thing was missing. The president had accepted Cheney's diagnosis that the sluggish economy needed a jolt, overruling senior economic advisers who forecast dangerous budget deficits. But Bush rejected one of Cheney's remedies: deep reductions in the capital gains tax on investments. The vice...