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Social Security Trustees Report 2001 – An Analysis

Social Security Trustees Report 2001 – An Analysis

March 1, 2001

The Trustees of the Social Security Trust Fund issued their 2001 annual report on March 19, 2001 showing a system that is fundamentally healthy, and confirming that fears of a “Social Security crisis” are unfounded. The trustees project program costs

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The Perils of Bush’s Social Security Plan

The Perils of Bush’s Social Security Plan

March 1, 2001

George W. Bush has proposed a drastic restructuring of Social Security in order to “save” it. But he’s proposing radical surgery on a patient that has at worst a sniffle. Social Security is the best source of economic security for

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Bush’s Individual Account Proposal: Rhetoric Versus Reality

Bush’s Individual Account Proposal: Rhetoric Versus Reality

March 1, 2001

George W. Bush won plaudits during the recent election campaign for “starting a conversation” on Social Security. Unfortunately, the discussion thus far has been long on misleading rhetoric and short on hard facts. Bush suggests radically changing Social Security, transforming

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Social Security Fact Sheet

Social Security Fact Sheet

February 1, 2001

45.4 million people received Social Security benefits in 2000, including 4 million children: Social Security is life insurance: 15% of recipients are surviving family members of deceased workers. A widow with two young children collects an average monthly benefit of

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Social Security Privatization in Chile: A Case for Caution

Social Security Privatization in Chile: A Case for Caution

September 1, 2000

Proponents of Social Security privatization often trumpet the Chilean “success story.” Right wing economists (and the finance industry-funded think tanks that sponsor them) spin fabulous yarns about the way the free market transformed Chile’s pension system. In doing so, however,

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Pension Privatization in Britain: A Boon to the Finance Industry, a Boondoggle to Workers

Pension Privatization in Britain: A Boon to the Finance Industry, a Boondoggle to Workers

September 1, 2000

Proponents of Social Security privatization often claim that their motive is to help workers. Armed with sunny sales pitches and multi-million dollar marketing budgets, privatizers claim that individual accounts would give workers “better returns,” “freedom of choice,” and “improved efficiency.”

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Strengthening Social Security for the 21st Century

Strengthening Social Security for the 21st Century

July 1, 2000

Since 1935 Social Security has been the foundation of economic security for America’s workers, retirees and their families. This fundamental program provides benefits to more than 44 million people, including retirees, disabled workers and the families of deceased workers. Social

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Social Security and Public Opinion

Social Security and Public Opinion

June 1, 1999

Social Security is one of the most popular, successful and worthwhile government programs ever, according to the American public. Americans give unwavering support to Social Security in its current form. However, one in four people incorrectly think that the Social

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