Just when the divide that exists between Republicans and Democrats over Social Security reform couldn't possibly grow any wider, President Bush and former presidential candidate Howard Dean seem to have pushed two sides even further apart.

In separate, partisan appearances late last week, the President reaffirmed his support for private accounts and his opposition to payroll tax increases, while the chairman of the Democratic National Committee branded Bush's reform plan as a "dark, difficult and dishonest vision," the Miami Herald reports.

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