Battling On Benefits

President Bush attempts to outflank Democrats on Social Security

George Bush is trying to call the bluff of Democrats, who have been so unified in their opposition to his plan to revamp Social Security. After months of ducking specifics about the hard benefits cuts that will be necessary to fix the system, Bush used his prime-time press conference last week to endorse a plan that would ask future middle- and higher-income retirees to accept smaller benefit checks than they're currently slated to receive, while allowing poor recipients to maintain current benefit levels. In a 60-day effort to push his plan (with its controversial provision for personal investment accounts), Bush had...

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