Thursday, July 30, 2009

Allan Sloan: “The next great bailout: Social Security”

Allan Sloan writes for Fortune that after the financial crisis and health care reform, the next claim on your wallet may be Social Security reform:

This is a good time to discuss Social Security because the Obama folks say it's next on the agenda, after health care. No one at the White House, Treasury, or Social Security Administration would discuss specific Social Security proposals, however. It ought to tell you something that Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, is a noted Social Security scholar. He's co-author of an influential 2004 book, Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach, that advocated substantial tax increases (and a few benefit trims) to preserve the program. Alas, he wouldn't tell me what he plans to propose this time around. "Health care first" was all he'd say.

Meanwhile in Congress, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House majority leader, says he intends to deal with Social Security as soon as possible. But he also declined to be specific. "I've been more inclined toward a commission" than to introduce legislation, he said. That makes this a good time -- and maybe our last chance -- to have a rational conversation about Social Security. After proposals start getting leaked and the game-playing and finger-pointing start, it won't be possible.

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1 comment:

robert p watson said...

Allan Sloan's idea that we should begin to fund the Social Security Trust Fund with cash rather than IOU's is the soundest and most honest suggestion to put us on the road to solve the existing under funding problem.