Mar 27, 2016 4:26 PM GMT
Republicans have been gunning for Social Security for decades. This is understandable, as an ideological matter, because Social Security’s very existence undermines the anti-government mythology on which the modern conservative movement thrives. The nation’s public retirement system stands as living proof that large government programs can be successful, popular, and extremely efficient.
What can conservative ideologues do when faced with such inconvenient facts? One possibility would be to adapt to reality and move on to a different fight. Instead, Republicans have chosen the path of obfuscation and distortion....
The simple facts are these:
•Social Security is NOT going bankrupt
•Social Security will continue to exist in perpetuity (unless Republicans succeed in repealing or undermining it)
•Social Security will continue to provide a modest but essential retirement income for all Americans, long after Baby Boomers have met their maker
•The path of the economy will determine the size of future Social Security benefits, and finally
•Any of the alternatives to Social Security would be worse for young people than keeping the current system....