Maybe "gutted" is too strong a word, but you get the point. It was a very ineffective EPA. I'm not going to blame Bush completely for NCLB, as Congressional changes really did gut that before it passed, but it was still his headlining early piece of legislation and his first major victory. He held it up as a significant accomplishment, as did a lot of self-congratulating legislators. It's damn near destroyed what was left of public primary education in this country. Believe me, he's not the only one I'd blame for it.I have left leaning friends at EPA, and though they griped under Bush none of them would say the EPA was 'gutted'. How do you support that statement? Regards NCLB, do you blame him for not vetoing the version that emerged, or for what the Congress (including the Dem Senate) did to it?