Last night President Obama made the case for his budget, which includes important action on health care, energy and climate, and education. Taking action on these issues is vital to maintaining America’s position as a global power. Some have argued that in the midst of recession now is not the time to advance these issues. This has it backward.
This morning, President Bush outlined his domestic legacy during a forum at the American Enterprise Institute. For more than two centuries, much of America's power and influence abroad has come from its domestic strength, specifically the vibrancy of its economy and the respect other countries had for its values. The Bush administration leaves a legacy at home that has greatly weakened US economic competitiveness and moral authority abroad.