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Social Security Reform Thursday: Week Thirty-Six -- Lots More Beneficiaries Draining The System.

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Thursdays are good days for reform, because they fall between Wednesdays and Fridays. And reform is a long-haul process, not a fleeting event. So we're going to keep plugging along with the case for reform, even as the issue goes off the political radar screen.

That's why WILLisms.com offers a chart or graph, every Thursday, pertinent to Social Security reform.

This week's topic:

More Beneficiaries.

A) Social Security has increasing numbers of beneficiaries (.pdf):

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And more projected in the coming years. It's not rocket science.

B) Is there a commensurate increase in the number of workers to pay for those beneficiaries?

No.

Again, not rocket science.

So, the solution we're seeing from nearly all Democrats and some Republicans: just ignore the entire reform process and hope the problem goes away. Politically, it easy to be a coward and avoid tough choices, dodging short-term consequences. It is harder, in the here and now, to be bold and do the thing that history will ultimately judge favorably.

It's a shame there are so many cowards in politics today.

The clock is ticking.


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Previous Reform Thursday graphics can be seen here:

-Week One (Costs Exceed Revenues).
-Week Two (Social Security Can't Pay Promised Benefits).
-Week Three (Americans Getting Older).
-Week Three, bonus (The Templeton Curve).
-Week Four (Fewer Workers, More Retirees).
-Week Five (History of Payroll Tax Base Increases).
-Week Six (Seniors Living Longer).
-Week Six, bonus (Less Workers, More Beneficiaries).
-Week Seven (History of Payroll Tax Increases).
-Week Seven, bonus (Personal Accounts Do Achieve Solvency).
-Week Eight (Forty Year Trend Of Increasing Mandatory Spending).
-Week Nine (Diminishing Benefits Sans Reform).
-Week Ten (Elderly Dependence On Social Security).
-Week Eleven (Entitlement Spending Eating The Budget).
-Week Twelve (Benefit Comparison, Bush's Plan versus No Plan).
-Week Thirteen (Younger Americans and Lifecycle Funds).
-Week Fourteen (The Thrift Savings Plan).
-Week Fifteen (Understanding Progressive Indexing).
-Week Sixteen (The Graying of America).
-Week Seventeen (Debunking Myths).
-Week Eighteen (Debunking Myths).
-Week Nineteen (Reform Needed Sooner Rather Than Later).
-Week Twenty (Global Success With Personal Accounts).
-Week Twenty-One (GROW Accounts: Stopping The Raid).
-Week Twenty-Two (Millions of Lockboxes).
-Week Twenty-Three (Support for Ryan-DeMint).
-Week Twenty-Four (KidSave Accounts).
-Week Twenty-Five (Latinos and Social Security).
-Week Twenty-Six (AmeriSave).
-Week Twenty-Seven (Cost Of Doing Nothing).
-Week Twenty-Eight (Chile).
-Week Twenty-Nine (Entitlement Spending Out Of Control).
-Week Thirty (Reform Better Deal Than Status Quo).
-Week Thirty-One (Social Security As A Labor Cost).
-Week Thirty-Two (Social Security And Dependence On Government).
-Week Thirty-Three (Social Security, Currently A Bad Deal For African-Americans).
-Week Thirty-Four (Longer Life Expectancies Straining Social Security).
-Week Thirty-Five (Howard Dean & Salami).

Tune into WILLisms.com each Thursday for more important graphical data supporting Social Security reform.

Posted by Will Franklin · 13 October 2005 08:29 PM

Comments

After week thirty-five with the File It Under Guys... Reform Thursdays will never seem the same!
Actually this is a great Reform Thursday! I sure wish they would get with it and REFORM social security before you are too old to benefit!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at October 13, 2005 08:47 PM

Nice touch on Week 35, Will. I've found it harder and harder to do serious politics these days for two reasons - 1. it's done better elsewhere (here, for example) and 2. I'm reaching burnout.

Ergo, I loaded my guestblogging here with humor. I hope your silent readers and referrers weren't deterred but most people can appreciate a change of style/subject matter.

Thanks, again.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at October 13, 2005 10:09 PM

Hoodlumman you were awesome as usual! I had company and so much going on that I didn't get to play in blogland as much as I had hoped! ... I did let Cindy use my computer and she thought Reform Thursday and Wunderkrauts mullet post were great! She told me she had a mullet once upon a time...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at October 13, 2005 10:23 PM