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Social Security Reform Thursday: Week Fifty-Five -- Insolvency One Year Earlier Than Anticipated.

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Thursdays are good days for reform, because they fall between Wednesdays and Fridays. Just because the status quo'ers got their way in 2005 does not mean the problem has gone away. Indeed, it's getting worse with each passing day. Thus, Reform Thursday continues.

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

This week's topic:

The 2006 Social Security Trustees Report.

Earlier this week, the Social Security Trustees released their annual report. A few of the highlights (lowlights):

* The projected point at which tax revenues will fall below program costs comes in 2017 -- the same as the estimate in last year’s report.

* The projected point at which the Trust Funds will be exhausted comes in 2040 -- one year earlier than the projection in last year’s report.

* The projected actuarial deficit over the 75-year long-range period is 2.02 percent of taxable payroll -- up .09 percent from last year’s report.

* Over the 75-year period, the Trust Funds require additional revenue equivalent to $4.6 trillion in today’s dollars to pay all scheduled benefits. This unfunded obligation is $600 billion higher than the amount estimated last year.

In the first few Reform Thursday installments, only 15 months ago, the crisis was not expected to slam into us until 2042. Now, it's 2040. That's sooner, not later, for the our non-math-genius, head-in-the-sand, anti-reform readers.

The case for Social Security reform not only did not vanish after a year of inaction, it became more pressing. Doing nothing over the past year just cost us, as anticipated, 600 billion dollars, a number that was widely ridiculed by the status-quo-loving left last year.

Well, there you go. It happened.

The report also had many new graphs, including this one (.pdf):

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Yeah. Irritating.

In President Bush's 2006 State of the Union address, there was a telling moment:

Democrats applauded their successful obstruction of needed reform. Here is the transcript:

We must also confront the larger challenge of mandatory spending, or entitlements. This year, the first of about 78 million baby boomers turn 60, including two of my Dad's favorite people -- me and President Clinton. (Laughter.) This milestone is more than a personal crisis -- (laughter) -- it is a national challenge. The retirement of the baby boom generation will put unprecedented strains on the federal government. By 2030, spending for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid alone will be almost 60 percent of the entire federal budget. And that will present future Congresses with impossible choices -- staggering tax increases, immense deficits, or deep cuts in every category of spending.

Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security -- (applause) -- yet the rising cost of entitlements is a problem that is not going away. (Applause.) And every year we fail to act, the situation gets worse.

Let's zoom in on the most relevant parts:

"Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security --"

(DEMOCRATS applaud wildly)

"-- yet the rising cost of entitlements is a problem that is not going away."

(REPUBLICANS Applaud.)

This should be in national campaign commercials, along with other, similar moments from Democrats. It could be entitled, "If Children Were In Charge."

The clock is still 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).
-Week Thirty-Six (Growing Numbers of Beneficiaries Draining Social Security).
-Week Thirty-Seven (The Crisis Is Now).
-Week Thirty-Eight (Disability Benefits).
-Week Thirty-Nine (Broken Benefit Calculation Formula).
-Week Forty (German Social Security Disaster).
-Week Forty-One (Crumbling Pyramid Scheme).
-Week Forty-Two (Overpromising, Globally).
-Week Forty-Three (Demographic Wave).
-Week Forty-Four (The Jerk Store).
-Week Forty-Five (Defined Benefit Plans).
-Week Forty-Six (Even The Empty Promises Are A Bad Deal).
-Week Forty-Seven (Our Aging Population).
-Week Forty-Eight (The Tax Increases Required To Cover Social Security's Costs).
-Week Forty-Nine (Much Longer To Get Your Money Back From Social Security).
-Week Fifty (A Vote, At Last).
-Week Fifty-One (We Can Do Better).
-Week Fifty-Two (Socialist Security).
-Week Fifty-Three (China Has The Same Problem, Only Worse).
-Week Fifty-Four (Potential Crisis Size).

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

Posted by Will Franklin · 4 May 2006 03:14 PM

Comments

Maybe the illegal aliens should take this job of Social Security reform away from the democrats. It appears the dems won't do it no matter how much you pay them.
Your Social Security posts are very informative. I put my son on to your site last year after he graduated from college. He said it was nice to have some straight forward facts about his future. He said he would never receive this kind of information from the Noam Chomsky wannabe professors on campus.

Posted by: Eneils Bailey at May 5, 2006 11:27 AM

EB...It is sad our children are being forced to pay into a plan that everyone knows is a lost cause!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 5, 2006 01:39 PM

The costs exceed the revenue. Americans are getting older. SS is not going to heal itself. Younger Americans are being forced to pay into a retirement program that promises not to be there for them. Do we need to get cattle prods after our leaders?

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 5, 2006 03:55 PM