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Eye on the Pie: More money for Social Security

Morton Marcus is an economist, writer and speaker.  His piece takes readers through Social Security’s long-term financial problems, attributing them to the following: 1. We’re living longer than expected. 2. People are retiring too early. 3. Congress gave an increase in benefits that was too generous. 4. Too many people are claiming disability benefits for which they do not qualify. 5. There are more disabled people than we ever anticipated.  Marcus’s solution is to eliminate the Social Security earnings cap entirely as was done with Medicare in 1994.  He does note that removing the cap would bring in $75 billion annually, a relatively small amount of the roughly $1 trillion in Social Security revenues for 2018.  Read the full piece here.

The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) believes Social Security must be preserved and modernized.  This can be achieved by making modest changes in cost of living adjustments and the retirement age, with no additional taxes on workers.  AMAC advocates for a bipartisan compromise, “The Social Security Guarantee Act,” taking selected portions of bills introduced by former Rep. Johnson (R-TX) and current Rep. Larson (D-CT) and merging them with the Association’s own well researched ideas.  One component is Social Security PLUS, a new, voluntary plan that would allow all earners to have more income available at retirement.  This component is intended to appeal especially to younger workers.  AMAC is resolute in its mission that Social Security be preserved and modernized and has gotten the attention of lawmakers in DC, meeting with a great many congressional offices and their staffs over the past several years.  Read AMAC’s plan here.



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