BUSH: One other point on Social Security that people have got to understand is that the system of today is not fair for a person whose spouse has died early.
In other words, if you're a two-working family, like a lot of families are here in America, and two people working in your family, and the spouse dies early -- before 62, for example -- all of the money that the spouse has put into the system is held there, and then when the other spouse retires, he or she gets to choose the benefits from his or her own work or the other spouse's benefits, whichever is higher, but not both.
See what I'm saying? Somebody who's worked all their life, the money they put into the system just goes away. It seems unfair to me.
I've talked to too many people whose lives were turned upside down when their spouse died early, and all they got was a burial benefit.
If you have a voluntary personal savings account and you die early, that's an asset you can leave to your spouse or to your children.
That's an important thing for our fellow citizens to understand. The system today is not fair, particularly if a spouse has died early. And this will help remedy that.
Listen, thank you all for your interest. God bless our country.