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A Well-Tailored Safety Net: The Only Fair and Sensible Way to Save Social Security [Hardcover]

Jed Graham

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December 22, 2009 0313381690 978-0313381690

Tackling one of the most difficult and divisive issues facing America today, A Well-Tailored Safety Net: The Only Fair and Sensible Way to Save Social Security seeks to transform the political debate over Social Security reform by introducing the first proposal tailored to meet both the nation's fiscal challenges and the responsibility of caring for an aging population.

As the first batch of 77 million baby boomers begins to collect its social security benefits in the midst of the explosion of national debt from economic recovery expenditures, Social Security reform becomes increasingly urgent. Jed Graham takes apart each of the current leading proposals and shows how all of them fall short by the key criteria of affordability, effectiveness, and fairness. Graham proposes a bold new approach that would erase more debt than any other proposal, yet avoid benefit cuts in very old age, when people can least afford them. Short on actuary speak and long on common sense, A Well-Tailored Safety Net makes the Social Security debate accessible to general readers. At the same time, it advances innovative solutions with such command of analytic detail and ideological impartiality as to merit serious study by legislators and policymakers.

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"Jed Graham has written a detailed yet readable history of the recent Social Security policy debate, fairly presenting the views of both sides and expanding on the current range of options to assemble his own plan to make this important program sustainable for future generations. A Well-Tailored Safety Net is both well-written and well-thought out, providing readers with insights going beyond the arguments thrown back and forth in newspaper headlines." -- Andrew Biggs, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 12/7/2009

"Jed moves the Social Security debate into the 21st century; he suggests innovative ways to firm up both the work base that pays the bills and the social safety net on which we all depend." --Eugene Steuerle
Institute Fellow
The Urban Institute, 10/2/2009

“A Bona Fide Social Security Fix...”

Noam Scheiber, The New Republic

October 28, 2010

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Because increasing longevity will put future retirees at great risk of depleting their savings, the ultimate test for Social Security reform is whether it ensures a robust safety net in very old age. Every serious proposal has failed that test by cutting benefits for retirees, whether they are 65 or 95—until now.

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