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January 9, 2007
Don't bet on some grand compromise between President Bush and Congress to reform Social Security. There's been plenty of conjecture of late that Bush might agree to a plan that would raise the payroll-tax income limits as one way of returning the social insurance program to long-term solvency. Any reform plan would have to make its way through the Senate Finance Committee, which will be chaired in the new Congress by Montana Democrat Max Baucus. He's a guy the White House thought at one point might be a vote in favor of Bush's plan to carve out personal savings accounts as a way to make Social Security a better deal for younger workers.