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VIEWPOINT: Sorting out Social Security stats

October 31, 2005
There is an unfortunate misunderstanding going around about the Social Security trust fund. These are facts: First, the U.S. bonds that constitute its assets pay the same rate of interest as regular U.S. bonds. Second, the bonds held by Social Securi ty are not marketable, which means they can be cashed any time at par or face value. Other U.S. bonds are subject to the market if cashed before maturity. Third, the surplus is not there by accident; it was...
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