Reforming Social Security: For Ourselves and Our Posterity

Reforming Social Security: For Ourselves and Our Posterity

by Charles P. Blahous

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Overview

Blahous contends that Social Security is ill-equipped to withstand the effects of an aging population and will impose excessive tax burdens upon future Americans unless its course is changed. Far from a doomsday tract, however, the book provides instances of proposals that would satisfactorily avert this course, if only the political will is mustered to implement them. Blahous argues for the program developed by the National Commission on Retirement Policy, but also offers positive descriptions of plausible alternatives as well as unsparing criticism of those who would cook the books in defense of either current law or high-cost alternatives. Reforming Social Security is sure to disturb ideologues from all parts of the political spectrum, because of its frank willingness to expose the costs of different approaches as well as the self-interest so often pursued by interest groups, political actors, and Social Security experts. An important analysis for the general public as well as policy makers and others concerned with social security issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275970444
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/30/2000
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

CHARLES P. BLAHOUS III is currently Executive Director for the Alliance for Worker Retirement Security in Washington, D.C./e He served from 1996-2000 as Policy Director for the office of Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), where he was responsible for managing the senator's major legislative policy initiatives, including pension reform, Social Security reform, Medicare choice, and budget reform.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Alan Simpson

The View from the Future

Challenges to the Culture of Entitlement

The Political Inheritance of Social Security

The Kerrey-Danforth Commission

Social Security: Its Purposes, and How It Works

The Trustees' Reports and What They Say: Beyond Actuarial Solvency

Dissecting the Trustees' Assumptions

A Cottage Industry of Demagogues

Into the Lion's Den with the AARP

The Congressional Debate Evolves: 1994-1997

A Divided Advisory Council Unites Behind Advance Funding

Where Will Future Benefits Come From? A Sound and Fair System

To Fund or Not to Fund? Personal Accounts or Government Investment

The Top Ten Tricks in the Social Security Debate

Tackling the Policy Challenges of Personal Accounts

Putting It All Together: How a Reformed System Can Work

Reaching Agreement with the NCRP

Slings and Arrows

1998-1999: The President's Years of Discussion—Then More Discussion

Congress Reacts to the President's Proposals

The Last, Best Hopes: The Senate Bipartisan Plan and other Efforts

Where We Are and Whither We Are Tending

Selected Bibliography

Index

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