If Bush thought that Medicare Part D was politically necessary (which I think it was), then he should have pushed for a smaller tax cut. If he was convinced that the tax cut needed to be the size it ended up being, then he needed to figure out another way to handle the prescription-drugs issue. If he wanted both, he needed to find somewhere else to cut spending. To govern is to choose. But when it came to the cost of their first-term domestic priorities, the Bush administration declined to make hard choices.
Another big amen from here.