Washington -- At the May 18 Economic Roundtable hosted by the Treasury Department which addressed strategies to strengthen the Social Security program, Treasury Secretary John Snow told attendees that whatever solution is adopted, it must be a permanent one.

"We need to make the system solvent on a permanent basis," Snow told the panel. "Too many times now Social Security has been patched up with tax increases and other band-aids that get us through a few more years, but don't offer a lasting answer."

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