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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

2005 OASDI Trustees Report

The 2005 OASDI Trustees Report was released today. The sexy headline is that the “going broke” date has been moved up a year to 2041. See this, this, this, this and this to understand how that notion misleads. Matthew Yglesias posted a series of critiques of the report at The American Prospect Online blog Tapped:

Of particular interest in the "counterspin" post is even if we did nothing and the Trust Fund went broke in 2041, Social Security would still be able to pay out 74% of scheduled benefits. Sure it's a cut, but it is less of a cut than if we were to switch from payroll indexing to inflation indexing.

"Today's report confirms that the so-called Social Security crisis exists in only one place: the minds of Republicans. In reality, the program is on solid ground for decades to come."

- Sen. Harry Reed

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