By Jed Graham
This interesting booklet introduces the 1st Social safety reform inspiration adapted to satisfy the nation's monetary demanding situations and take care of an getting older population.
• greater than 50 charts and tables element the controversy over Social safeguard reform, together with the money merits retirees may get less than a variety of proposals
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We don’t want to cut benefits. Let’s not raise taxes,’’ DeMint said. ’’1 And where would those ‘‘real savings’’ come from? 2 Under the 2005 proposal from fellow Republicans Sen. John Sununu and Rep. 1 trillion financing gap between 2009 and 2036, at which time it would still be running a deficit of more than $700 billion a year. 3 Forget the Easter Bunny. DeMint’s idea for saving Social Security was to pull a 6foot-tall, talking rabbit out of a hat. Under Ryan-Sununu, all workers younger than 55 would have the option of depositing their payroll taxes in an investment account, rather than allowing the government to spend those funds.
After all, both President Bill Clinton and the first President George Bush raised taxes. But it’s worth remembering that the budget deal that Clinton reached with the Republican-led Congress in 1997 set a goal of balancing the budget by 2002—after Clinton left office. Some of the credit for the budget surpluses of the late 1990s belongs to a windfall of tax revenue from an economy with a 4 percent jobless rate that was supercharged by a roaring stock market and the exploding growth of the Internet.
7 In theory, the trust fund balance represents the funds that the government has saved in years that the taxes paid into Social Security have exceeded the benefits paid out to retirees, spouses, disabled workers, and dependents. That’s happened in every year since 1983, when Social Security was last operating in the red. Back then, with the trust fund nearly empty, Washington addressed the crisis by raising taxes and trimming benefits. 9 Yet, as the government spent those excess Social Security funds, it issued special bonds that were deposited in the trust fund.