A small business roundtable and a fundraiser for a Republican Senate candidate. All in a day’s work for President Bush during a visit to the St. Louis area. The President visited the Albers Manufacturing Company in O’Fallon, taking part in a small business roundtable to discuss taxes and other issues of importance to the small business community. The President called on Congress to eliminate the so-called death tax permanently. Later, the President attended a fundraiser in downtown St. Louis for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Talent. Bush has had many items of his agenda bottled up in the Democrat-controlled Senate. The Bush appearance at the $1,000 dollar a plate fundraiser is another indication of how important he believes the Missouri Senate race is to his efforts to successfully push his agenda on Capitol Hill. It’s estimated the fundraiser raised about a million dollars for the Talent campaign.