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Bush Deserves High Marks for First 100 Days

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, April 26, 2001

Bush Deserves High Marks for First 100 Days

This Sunday marks the 100th day in office of President Bush. While the designated day was created by the media, I might as well say a few things about the new administration.

First, Bush is not Clinton. While Clinton "defined deviancy down," Bush has defined decency up.

Second, Bush keeps his word, which is another major difference from the previous administration. He has hung tough on tax cuts and has brought the Democrats in Congress closer to his position. He is making China pay a price not only for downing our plane, but also for its arms buildup against Taiwan. He says he plans to go ahead with limited drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge because we need the oil, it's on U.S. territory and gasoline prices are over $2 a gallon in many areas of the country. He properly reasons it's better than more dependency on Arab oil producers.

There's more, such as judicial nominees. Democrats are bound to oppose the conservative ones, but that's a pretty good start for 100 days.