Economy. Stocks plunge over oil fears while Bush gets little credit for a bullish budget forecast. Everybody downplays the crowing after economists friendly to Bush call a lower deficit forecast the result of earlier, inflated forecasts. A reminder that Medicare and Social Security are going bust comes in paragraph 31 of Bush's 39-paragraph East Room speech.
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