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W's Hoover Helpers

Think of it as the Stanford kitchen cabinet. As Texas Gov. George W. Bush dominates the early polls in the Republican Party presidential sweepstakes, he's honing his policy positions with the help of a brain trust of scholars and former government officials at the Hoover Institution. A look at some of the advisers, the advice they're giving and where they might fit in a Bush administration:



Sample Advice

Possible Appointment

Martin Anderson

Domestic and economic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan; policy adviser to Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign

Reduce tax rates,especially for those near the poverty line

White House staff

Michael Boskin

Chair of George Bush's White House Council of Economic Advisers

Adjust downward the consumer price index to lower government's Social Security costs

Treasury secretary or chair of the White House National Economic Council

John Cogan

Deputy director of Reagan's Office of Management and Budget

Insist on more accurate budget numbers before assessing policy choices

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Bill Evers

Former member of California commission for academic content and performance standards

Use standardized testing to boost student performance in grades K-12

Education Department or White House staff

Condoleezza Rice

Member of Bush's National Security Council specializing in Soviet affairs

Reorient U.S.-Russian relations to focus on security issues rather than military/economic reforms

National security adviser or secretary of state

George Shultz

Secretary of state under Reagan; Richard Nixon's secretary of labor and treasury

Treat foreign policy and defense strategy as a unified whole

After three Cabinet posts, he's unlikely to return to Washington

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