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Thanks to Robert Novak for bringing this to my attention.

DEAN'S CANDOR

Howard Dean, who has minimized media exposure since his election as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, departed from the party line in telling a college audience that there are problems with the Social Security program.

Speaking at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., on Feb. 23, Dean totally opposed President Bush's advocacy of personal accounts as part of Social Security. However, he did not follow Democratic insistence that nothing need be done about the program. If Social Security is left alone, he said, benefits after 30 years would be 80 percent of what they are now.

Dean's divergence from the party line was reported only in the Cornell Daily Sun, the student newspaper.

Howard Dean has become a voice of reason in the Democratic Party. There is something so wrong about that statement.

Anyway, I'm not going to worry about it because I am off to Italy for a few days. Unfortunately this means I will fall behind in my knowledge of current events as watching the news in Italian won't mean anything to me and being online during my holiday seems kind of sad.

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