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President Bush knows principles of politics

From what he said at a news conference Wednesday, President Bush is about to become a more principled man.

Look for principles to pop up everywhere as Democratic proposals show up when the new Congress convenes.

"I don't expect Democratic leaders to compromise on their principles, and they don't expect me to compromise on mine," he said. "But the American people do expect us to compromise on legislation that will benefit the country."

But when it comes to reforming Social Security, that's a principle issue, so don't look for change.

The minimum wage is also a principle issue, especially giving small-business owners tax relief in exchange for raising the decade-old minimum wage. Look for trouble on that one, too.

It used to be that not running up the national debt was a Republican principle, but that's apparently not a Bush principle.

Principle, philosophy, policy and plain politics interact easily, but principle sounds more high-minded. What the Mr. Bush appeared to be saying was that Democrats defeated Congress, but not the president.

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