President Visits Mississippi

By: Sonya Crawford
By: Sonya Crawford

President Bush's 60 stops in 60 days tour to convince Americans that the Social Security system is in crisis didn't quite get the support anticipated.

Polls showed little approval for the main part of the president's plan, personal accounts, so with the 60 days over, the president is back on the road.

Workers at a Nissan auto plant in Canton, Miss., joined the president on stage during a town-hall-style meeting, the president focusing on the newest elements of his plan.

"Benefits for lower income workers should grow faster than benefits for higher income to make sure someone doesn't retire into poverty," said the President.

But the part of the plan linking benefits to income is running into as much opposition as the personal accounts. With even Republicans not warming to this idea, the White House is signaling that is open to all ideas.

"It is important for our elected leaders to come to the table. The American people now understand there is a problem. Our leaders must choose either do nothing or guarantee benefit cuts," said Bush.

But in Washington, Democrats are not budging in their opposition to the presidents proposals. They called the Bush plan an attack on the middle class.

"We will not let the President turn a guaranteed benefit into a guaranteed gamble," said House minority leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

The House Ways and Means Committee is going to open hearings on Social Security later this month, and the Republicans on the committee say they hope to have bill ready for the president to sign by June.


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