Bush Taking A Major Risk?
Ross Baker, a Rutgers University political scientist, said that overreaching "is a problem for all presidents." When presidents go too far, he said, the negative ripple effect can last for decades. In pressing his proposals for partial Social Security privatization and overhauling the tax system, Bush is taking a major risk, Baker said. "These are controversial matters that might drive some Republicans to become Democrats." Baker rejected the notion that Bush won't be accused of overreaching if he goes ahead with his Social Security and tax-reform plans. "I don't believe you have a consensus forming around these issues either," he said.