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THE ADDRESS



Published: Thu, February 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



THE ADDRESS

Highlights

Highlights from President Bush's State of the Union address:

SOCIAL SECURITY

"Social Security was a great moral success of the 20th century, and we must honor its great purposes in this new century. The system, however, on its current path, is headed toward bankruptcy. And so we must join together to strengthen and save Social Security."

IRAQ

"We are standing for the freedom of our Iraqi friends, and freedom in Iraq will make America safer for generations to come. We will not set an artificial timetable for leaving Iraq, because that would embolden the terrorists and make them believe they can wait us out. "

TERRORISM

"To promote peace and stability in the broader Middle East, the United States will work with our friends in the region to fight the common threat of terror. ... Our country is still the target of terrorists who want to kill many, and intimidate us all and we will stay on the offensive against them, until the fight is won."

ECONOMY

"America's prosperity requires restraining the spending appetite of the federal government. I welcome the bipartisan enthusiasm for spending discipline. So next week I will send you a budget that holds the growth of discretionary spending below inflation, makes tax relief permanent, and stays on track to cut the deficit in half by 2009."




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