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Social Insecurity

The president’s proposal to create private Social Security accounts is going to be hard enough to achieve without complicating the issue. But that’s apparently not stopping the White House; according to this English-language story from the Mexican press, Vicente Fox and President Bush agreed to simultaneously introduce to their respective legislatures the Social Security “totalization” deal they agreed to, which has the potential to bankrupt our old-age benefits system by incorporating millions of currently illegal Mexicans. Congress will have 60 days after the presentation of the deal by the White House either to vote it down or to do nothing and let it become law.

So let me understand this — the White House, which will be facing stiff opposition from Democrats to any form of private accounts, is also willing to jeopardize Republican support by trying to force through the Social Security deal with Mexico. Who is the White House expecting support from?

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