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Marketplace AM for February 21, 2005

Episode Description 

Fixing the system

Social Security is like the weather these days: Everybody's talking about it, but nobody's actually doing anything about it. Investment advisor and regular Marketplace commentator Gabriel Wisdom says it's time for Congress to step up to the plate and do something about the retirement system.

Presidents and the economy - a bad match?

It's Presidents Day, so let's talk about presidents -- and the economy. Presidential elections are often decided by the nation's economic situation. But it's also an old axiom that presidents don't have much control over the economy. So are presidents just economic bystanders? Historian Richard Shenkman says not always. He says presidents can really screw up the economy -- by making bad decisions.