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VIEWPOINT: We need Social Security as a safety net

April 18, 2005
The proposed use of personal savings accounts for Social Security tax investment fundamentally changes what Social Security was meant to provide. It was meant to be a minimum guaranteed platform of financial security in old age. If everyone could and would save a material amount of their lifetime earnings, investing in a disciplined diversified manner, we wouldn't need Social Security. But the reality is, that's never going to happen. The poor, non-earners and the profligate simply aren't up to the...
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