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The President Who Wants It All

By Fred Barnes, Wall Street Journal - January 3, 2013

President George W. Bush made bipartisan deals with Democrats on education, energy and, shortly before leaving office, the bank bailout known as TARP. President Reagan got together with Democrats on tax reform and Social Security. President Clinton reached agreement with Republicans on welfare reform, balancing the budget and Nafta's free trade. Mr. Clinton also negotiated reform of Social Security, a landmark compromise that died (before being announced) when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke.

"Each president defined these deals as success, as principled compromises,"Keith Hennessey, Mr. Bush's chief domestic policy adviser, noted recently, "and both parties shared the credit."

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