If WaPo mentions are any indication of an issue’s vibrancy, then it would appear that Social Security is creeping back on the Nation’s agenda.
There was an article on the front page of the Business section by Lori Montgomery last week entitled, “Social Security Up For Discussion,” citing Treasury Secretary Paulson’s remarks to that effect. Today’s WaPo has a lead editorial, “Up From the Depths,” noting that yes, indeed, Social Security reform may indeed be back on the agenda. Accompanying the WaPo editorial is an op-ed by Sebastian Mallaby on the topic (he may have written the editorial, too, not sure), posing a middle way on personal accounts.
We don’t necessarily agree with all elements of all three pieces, but we think it’s an encouraging sign that one of the most nettlesome issues we face may be finding its way back on the agenda. As today’s editorial rightly points out, “A worker who is 30 can’t entrust her retirement to a program that will run short of money as she turns 70.” Decisions that will impact the long-term solvency of this key program must be made now.
Oh, and don’t forget to ask your Senators and Representative to sign the pledge.
UPDATE (By Carter Wood): The political buzz builds in D.C. newspapers. Today …at least. The Examiner carried an op-ed by Cato’s Michael Tanner arguing that reform is inherent in private accounts.
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