WASHINGTON -- Any semblance of coherence and purpose among President Bush's economic advisers disappeared in the devastating four-part series that appeared this month in The Washington Post.

The articles, written by Bob Woodward of Watergate fame, paint a credible picture of a White House in chaos on tax and economic policy issues. The upshot was that the President got conflicting advice and, at times, no advice, when he needed to understand that conditions outside the White House gate were getting worse instead of better.

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