For a moment last week it looked as though the Republicans were going to give away the store on Social Security reform. Britain’s Guardian reported rumors that the Republicans in Congress were going to draft a bill “stripped of President Bush’s proposed personal accounts financed with payroll taxes” and it would “avoid the difficult choices of curbs on benefits, higher taxes or changes in the retirement age needed to implement the president’s call for long-term financial stability.”
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