Friday, April 8, 2011

Ezra Klein’s “Easy Solution” to Social Security reform?

Not so easy. What worries me about folks like Klein isn't that they disagree with me on Social Security – most people probably do, and many have good reasons for doing so. It's that his discussion of Social Security reform seems blissfully ignorant of the sorts of issues that people who are even a smidge to the right of center care about. As much as he confronts the right on policy, I'm not sure how well he really understands where people to the right of him are coming from. And without that, it's tough to think about the sorts of compromises we'll eventually need to make. In any case, check out my discussion of Klein's recent Social Security piece over at AEI's Enterprise Blog.

3 comments:

Bryan said...

Is there any chance you could provide the marginal tax rate information in tabular format as opposed to just the graph?

Even if you can't, thank you for providing this information and illustrating the consequences of these "easy" fixes.

Bryan said...

Also, do you have any plans to provide a method to easily tweet or link to your posts (here or at AEI) via facebook?

Andrew G. Biggs said...

Sure. I've posted the excel file here: http://cid-d684c4d8f513cf73.office.live.com/view.aspx/Blog%20Files/Maximum%20marginal%20tax%20rates%20by%20state%20with%20tax%20max%20removed.xlsx

I believe you can sign up for email notifications of posts on this blog. I'm not sure whether the AEI Enterprise blog supports Twitter notifications, but I believe it does. I can take a look, though. Thanks.