Bush-Economic Conference

Economic conference wraps up with focus on jobs, Social Security

President Bush wraps up a two-day economic conference today with sessions on jobs and Social Security reform. In a pitch for key second-term priorities, he'll insist that making his tax cuts permanent will aid job growth -- while private investment accounts will save Social Security from going bust. So far, the conference has featured lots of praise for administration policies. And Democrats have dismissed it as little more than an infomercial that ignores sluggish job growth and yawning budget deficits. Yesterday, Bush dropped in on a session on lawsuit costs -- and vowed to press Congress for a cap on damage awards. He said skyrocketing awards are crippling good companies and causing doctors to stop practicing. Bush called it a "vital issue" for America's "quality of life."