Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, March 28, 2002


Conservatives always worry about domestic policy when a Republican is in the White House. That's because, in too many cases, the Republican usually "reaches out" to the liberals in hopes of winning their approval. He never does, of course, and his efforts usually undermine his reason for being in the White House.

There are concerns, just now being voiced, that while President Bush is doing a great job running the war abroad, he may be catching reach-out-itis at home.

As Wes Pruden notes in the Washington Times, the free trader President has just imposed a 30 percent tariff on steel, provoking threats of an international trade war; the man who vowed to protect America's borders now wants to grant amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants; the man who vowed to destroy terrorists, leans on Israel which is trying to do just that; and the candidate who dismissed John McCain's campaign finance reform, now says he'll sign it into law.

Makes one wonder…and worry. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.