George Bush Jr.Ruth Marcus

Marcus was surprised not to read any fiscal regret in Bush’s “Decision Points.” In fact, not only does Bush take credit for a budget surplus that was already in place when he took office, but he also claims the surplus didn’t really exist. Bush does admit that he left a legacy of “run-away entitlement spending” but blames that on congressional resistance. Between Bush’s tax cuts, the war, and the Medicare prescription drug plan, President Bush inherited a healthy budget and “left it in tatters,” says Marcus.

Marcus is an editorial writer for The Post, specializing in American politics, campaign finance, the federal budget and taxes, and other domestic issues.

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