At Powerline, Paul's cousin notes how Bush implemented his tax policy before 9/11 in response to Thomas Freidman's editorial which claims that Bush used the mandate he received from 9/11 "not simply to confront the terrorists but to take a radically uncompassionate conservative agenda - on taxes, stem cells, the environment and foreign treaties - that was going nowhere before 9/11, and drive it into a post-9/11 world. In that sense, 9/11 distorted our politics and society."
I'd also like to point out that Friedman's timeline regarding stem cell research is also incorrect. Bush made his decision regarding the limited federal funding of embryonic stem cell research on August 9, 2001, about a month before 9/11.
Could someone please find Thomas Friedman an assistant who could fact check some of these assertions?