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'SANDWICH' GENERATION LEFT OUT OF BUSH PLAN

"The coming battle over Social Security" in the Sunday Viewpoints section said that President Bush was best suited to save the system. I have read a lot about the war, the economy, outsourcing, No Child Left Behind, etc., but realized I had read very little about Bush's plan for Social Security, so my interest was piqued.

The article was about 2,000 words. Surely I would learn a lot about Bush's plan from this lengthy article. But no. It boiled down to one sentence: "We must strengthen Social Security by allowing younger workers to save some of their taxes in a personal account." That's it; the rest was filler. Nineteen words out of 2,000. The writer noted that "the president hasn't yet embraced a specific reform plan," which seems to mean "his plan is 19 words long."

He left out a small detail: While the younger workers are building up their own "personalized" Social Security plan, what happens to the millions of retired people who were hoping there would be money to draw out? Too bad, they are the new sandwich generation -- born soon enough to pay into Social Security for 40 years, but too soon to have their own "personalized account." What does Bush plan to do with these people?

David Irvin

Williamsville