Social Security: How Would the Bush Plan Work?

What's behind the President's ideas for Social Security

The Bush Administration has not yet offered details of its plan for Social Security, but it's expected to follow the contours of a proposal spelled out by a 2001 commission on Social Security: a combination of scaled-back guaranteed benefits and private investment accounts. This controversial proposal would divert a portion of your payroll taxes to a private account, to invest as you choose. Participation would be voluntary, and there would be a ceiling on how much you could put in. You would not be able to draw on the money until retirement, when it would be paid out as an annuity...