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Bush Warns Against “Overcorrecting” Economy

March 15, 2008
By TERENCE HUNT, AP

WASHINGTON – President Bush on Saturday said the government must guard against going too far in trying to fix the troubled economy, cautioning that “one of the worst things you can do is overcorrect.” Democrats said Bush was relying on inaction to solve the problem.

President Bush gestures while speaking about the economy during ...
President Bush gestures while speaking about the economy during an address before The Economic Club of New York, Friday, March 14, 2008, in New York.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Bush, in his weekly radio address, said the recently passed program of tax rebates for families and businesses should begin to lift the economy in the second quarter of the year and have an even stronger impact in the third quarter. But he urged caution about doing more, particularly about the crisis in the housing market where prices are tumbling and home foreclosures have soared to an all-time high.

“If we were to pursue some of the sweeping government solutions that we hear about in Washington, we would make a complicated problem even worse — and end up hurting far more homeowners than we help,” the president said.

The economy has surpassed the Iraq war as the No. 1 concern among voters in this presidential election year amid big job losses, soaring fuel costs, a credit crisis and turmoil on Wall Street.

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