AP Network News
May 5, 2005

Carlotta Bradley: "President Bush wants to tilt the Social Security system to benefit low income retirees of the future."

President Bush: "I believe a reformed system should protect those who depend on Social Security the most. So I propose a Social Security system in the future where benefits for low income workers will grow faster than benefits for people who are better off."

Carlotta Bradley: "Democratic strategist Bob Weiner suspects the President has something else in mind when it comes to overhauling Social Security."

Robert Weiner: "What Bush really wants to do is to use the existing Social Security surplus, as he said, for other government programs. It's the Federal Government that has a deficit, not Social Security, which has a $1.5 trillion surplus good through 2041 or 2052, pick your year."