President Bush unveiled a plan to privatize the Social Security program during his State of the Union address and Wednesday U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, (D-Colorado), met with residents in Grand Junction to discuss the proposed overhaul. Salazar spent about an hour stating his case with the Social Security program, which President Bush said was in a crisis situation, isn't really in any immediate danger.
The newly elected senator told the audience of mostly retired residents, by 2014 the president's plan would double the nation's yearly deficit. The deficit is already projected to be 400 billion dollars and would drastically slash Social Security benefits. Salazar adds there are other programs that demand immediate action. The senator admits minor changes to the Social Security program are needed, not a complete restructuring.
Salazar also met with Grand Junction residents and officials on his first trip to the Western Slope since he was elected in November.
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