The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 29, 2001 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 29, 2001
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2001' -AS Bush / A willingness to adjust FROM PAGE A1 "They're running that place like a corporation," Strother said. "And early dividends are pretty good." Bush Inc. opened for husi- ness at 7:28 a.m. Jan. 22, when Bush strolled into the Oval Office for his first full day of work. He received his national security briefing, met with Secretary of State Colin Powell, ate luhch with Senate Republicans and signed his first presidential order. It reinstated restrictions on federal funding to fam- ' ily planning groups overseas that advocate abortion. The action restored limits • imposed by Bush's father and reversed by President Clinton. Bush had clearly staked out : his anti-abortion position in : the campaign, but it was a surprise to see him move so quickly to please conservatives. In later moves. Bush backed • out of an international global • warming treaty, reversed work; place safety rules, revoked a : Clinton administration plan to reduce arsenic in drinking wa- "ter, suspended environmental ; regulations for mining on public lands, and called for oil ' drilling in Alaska's wilderness. ; None of the decisions was at : odds with Bush's campaign . promises or his record in Texas. He did break one major promise by deciding not to reg- • ulate carbon dioxide emissions • as a pollutant. Democrats said Bush was giving new meaning to "compassionate conservative" — his campaign slogan. "It means he's compassionate for conservatives," said Senate Democratic leader Tom , Daschle of South Dakota. Polls commissioned by the White House showed Bush's support dipping among moderate voters, prompting him to soften his conservative edges with a series of pro-environ- Successes and setbacks: Bush's first 100 days Successes • Negotiated the release of a 24-memb8r U.S, crew held for 11 days in China after the crew's reconnaissance plane collided with a Chinese jet fighter and made an emergency landing in southern China. • Persuaded the Republican-controlled House to pass a 10-year, $1.6 trillion tax cut. • Shepherded major provisions of his education agenda into legislation that lawmakers are considering. Foremost is his proposal to spend $5 billion over five years to ensure students can read by third grade. • Worked with Democrats on some issues, including education and his Initiative to let religious groups more easily participate in federal programs. Drew limited Democratic support on taxes. • Won widespread acceptance as a legitimately elected president. • Had his Cabinet confirmed by the Senate with relative ease. Setbacks • Failed to persuade the Senate to pass his full tax cut. The Senate approved a smaller reduction. >• Saw a Senate education bill Introduced without his proposal for tuition vouchers good for private schools. • Could not derail the McCain- Feingold campaign-finance overhaul legislation, which was approved by the Senate. • Attended the Summit of the Americas in Canada without the "fast-track" negotiating authority he had sought. • Was put on the defensive on the environment. • Broke a promise to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. J SOURCE: Compiled from AP wire reports mental initiatives. The action was typical of the president's willingness to adjust with the shifting political winds. He sent Congress his $1.6 trillion, 10-year tax-cut plan Feb. 8, pledging to fend off calls for higher or lower reductions. "My package is just right," he said. After the evenly divided Senate shrank his package to $1.2 trillion — still a massive tax cut — Bush said he would compromise. "I'm a practical man," he told the Associated Press in a 100- day interview. Bush also was practical enough to stop fighting for his plan to ship federal money to private schools over Democratic objections, saving his political capital for a broader school package. Bush approved a potent arms package for Taiwan and warned China that U.S. military force could be used if the island were attacked. He puUed back from negotiations with North Korea, calling that nation a threat to U.S. security ' Bush pushed forward with plans to build a national missile defense system, despite opposition from U.S. allies. Working quietly behind the scenes. Bush directed the diplomatic fight to free 24 U.S. airmen from China. The incident highlighted Bush's style of crisis management: Give advisers broad goals and then let them solve the problem. As his aides struggled to get Beijing to budge. Bush told them in an Oval Office meeting, "We must be able to find a way out of this" that lets both countries save face. The advice led his foreign policy team to seek the right words to express AP regret for the accident without an outright apology Bush kept out of sight throughout the crisis, declining even to take part in homecoming ceremonies after the crew was released. This, too, was typical of Bush. He kept a low profile as the Senate shrank his tax-cut plan by $400 billion, and had little to say about riots in Cincinnati. Supporters say Bush's silent style is a welcome contrast to the ubiquitous Clinton. Critics say Bush does not say much because he has not done much. The president himself says he benefits from those low expectations. "I'm doing everything I can to keep 'em low," he said with a knowing chuckle. Julie McKenna & Christina Trocheck Announce The Opening Of Their Law Office Located At 114 S. 7th, Salina, Kansas (785)823-1430 CHROMCRAFT DINETTE SETS SHOCKEY & LANDES <(FURNITUREANDGIFTS)) 324 N. Broadway, Abilene, Kansas ]yibii..Fri. 9-5:30 • Sat. 9-5:00 • 785-263-4770 Financing Available • Ddlvery Available ' School / Investing in state's future FROM PAGE A1 Educators said legislators have demonstrated little courage to reverse the tax cuts of the 1990s and increase spending to address school needs. "More members of our Legislature need to step up to the plate, so to speak, and provide an equitable education for all kids in Kansas," said Gary Snawder, Girard superintendent. "After all, we are working for their own kids, grandkids, neighbors' kids and the future of Kansas," he said. "I don't like paying excess tax, but we must provide funding for the best bargain in our state." Others see the lack of a significant spending increase as a missed opportunity to invest in the state's future. Don Wells, Mulvane's superintendent, said an increase of 1 percent or 2 percent in district budgets "does not do the job for today's kids." His district's budget would increase 1.13 percent. "I know that there are many priorities in government," he said. "But if Kansas is to remain strong in the economic sense, (having) good schools properly supported also makes sense." During their debate, senators rejected attempts to amend the plan with House bills to raise local property taxes and fund a two-year, $29.4 million skills program for preschool through grade three. Known as "Tools for Tots," the plan failed 31-0. Earlier this session, the plan passed the House 105-17. During Saturday's negotiations, Rep. Ralph Tanner, R- Baldwin City said the skills program is not dead yet. "The Tools are on the shelf, but they're not thrown out the window or left to gather rust," said Tanner, chairman of the House Education Committee. Negotiators agreed to most items in tlie bill. Remaining sticking points are expenditures for studies of school district efficiency the cost of a suitable education and increased funding for an at-risk program for 4-year-old children. One Time Only Yamaha Clavinova Truckload Sale! Limited Time - Stop By Today • Free delivery / 50 Digital Pianos mile radius ^im ^r^;.- starting at ^^'^ -v-'- • $1,595 825-6273 / South St. & Clark. Salina /1-800-875-6273 SALINA TRAFFIC SAFETY SCORESHEET TRAFFIC ACCIHKNTS Accident Type Through March 00 Through March 01 % Change Property 526. 591 12% more Injury 78 74 5% less Alcohol Related 17 22 29% more k J • It's a matter of your safety! IB iftei ANDERSON'S LEATHER SHOP SAMSONITE® SALE GRADUATION SPECIALopeK'^ilfsifi^^^^^^ "or 827-1462

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