The Social Security Primer: What Every Citizen Should Know

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How large is the Social Security surplus? How long can the system continue to pay benefits under the current setup? Who controls the Social Security Trust Funds? How will the system pay for benefits when the Baby Boomers retire? Is the government using Social Security money to pay for other programs? Should the system be privatized? How many workers are currently contributing to the system compared to the number of beneficiaries? What will the proportion be when you retire?.
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To insert some calm to the shrill debate and facts into the speculations and warnings, Peterson (economics, U. of Nebraska- Lincoln) sets out an account of what Social Security is, what the problems are, how they came about, and what solutions are being proposed. He taps the views of different generations and explains arguments for and against proposed reforms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765603739
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/30/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
1 Social Security: Is It an Endangered Species? 3
2 Getting from Here to There: A Capsule History of Social Security 27
3 Things Are Not What They Seem: How Social Security Works 52
4 Social Security and the Copernican Question 82
5 How to Save Social Security 108
Appendices 145
Notes 163
Index 169
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