WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- U.S. President George W. Bush is reviving the issue of Social Security reform, once thought to be a dead issue.
Bush reintroduced his dedication to solving the financial crises of Medicare and Social Security during a speech hosted by the Manhattan Institute, The Washington Post said Sunday. While the president is calling for a bipartisan approach, Democrats are accusing Bush and the Republicans of trying to reintroduce the plan to privatize a portion of Social Security.
Americans United, a group that fought the president's Social Security plan last year, is prepared to battle again in this year of midterm elections.
"It's every bit as bad today," AU spokesman Brad Woodhouse told the Post, referring to the privatization plan.
Jack Kingston, a Republican representative from Georgia, told the newspaper that the previous plan for "personal accounts" will most likely not be introduced next year, but Republicans may want to seal the Social Security surplus away from other uses.