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February 28, 2005


You seem to be forgetting that there is no Bush plan, only what people think Bush's plan - if he ever puts one forward - will look like. You also are assuming that Dean was addressing only the plan Bush is expected to put forward and not the likely effects of such a plan. Can any honest person truly doubt that once Social Security is no longer inviolable that tens of millions of dollars of lobbyist money will not be successful in opening it to investment options beyond those initially allowed? Yes, it would have been good if Dean had prefaced his comment with a fuller explanation, but then you would have a policy white paper, not a speech. So, just where was the speech made: at a policy forum or a party activist gathering? It does make a difference in the standard to be applied.

So, was Dean's speach a policy address or was it

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