Social Security, Politics' Third Rail Moves Front and Center

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Senator Kerry is blasting away at President Bush for proposing to "privatize" America's favorite entitlement plan, Social Security. Bush says all he wants to do is allow younger workers the chance to invest some of their benefits in the stock market. Kerry calls that a "disaster," but he's unclear about what he wants to do. Even some Democrats say they're "disappointed." Is Social Security really in trouble or has a false crisis been drummed up to be used by both parties for different political reasons? Will current retirees see a cut in benefits? Will baby boomers get what they've been paying for? We hear from advocates of fiscal responsibility, and economists with the Bush campaign and Clinton administration.
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CARE on kidnapping of Margaret Hassan

Al Jazeera on kidnapped aid worker

Social Security Administration

Bush on Social Security

Kerry on Social Security



Warren Olney