Social Security is not responsible for federal deficits

From Ten Reasons Not to Cut Social Security Benefits: Federal budget deficits currently are unusually high, but Social Security bears no responsibility for today’s shortfalls. Keep in mind that the federal government was experiencing budget surpluses at the end of the 1990s, but those quickly were transformed into deficits early in the 2000s because of …

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Improving Social Security’s Benefits is Critical to Economic Recovery and Security

From the National Academy of Social Insurance: By Alex Stone, Communications Manager, Economic Opportunity Institute At NASI’s 2011 annual conference, the session “Should We Adopt the Social Security Recommendations of the Fiscal Commission Co-Chairs?” demonstrated the complexity of the Social Security reform debate. Charles Blahous, a Social Security trustee, argued in favor of adopting the …

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Ball and chain: the human cost of raising the retirement age

A great article from Remapping Debate tells the story of people imagining their lives (or those of their children) with a significantly delayed retirement age: Barrett paused a moment. She is 30 years old, and had never thought about the possibility of having to work another 40 years to retirement. She has not yet built …

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