Thursday, March 24, 2005

More Sources on Social Security Reform

The AARP offers its view of the Social Security proposals here.

In case you are interested, here is The Department of Work and Pensions offers a description of the Social Security System in the United Kingdom. Keep in mind that the term “Social Security System” has a broader meaning in the UK than it does in America.

Of course, the Whitehouse Website has a specific section on “Strengthening Social Security.” I find it remarkably uninformative. After the obligatory overblown scare statements showing how bad the condition of the system is, the only proposal for fixing it is private accounts and getting the Congress to work on legislation.

Next we have the offering of the Club for Growth, called Social Security Choice. The Club for Growth is a right-wing organization that advocates anti-tax and anti-government-spending,. They have been responsible for running really nasty attack ads against moderate Republicans in the Republican primaries with the intent of moving the entire Republican Party much further towards the conservative or right-wing side of the political spectrum.

The Social Security Advisory Board is an independent board made up of people appointed by the White House, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro-Tem of the Senate. They have no authority over Social Security itself, but are tasked with studying the system and publishing their results. That makes their publications potentially interesting, but also potentially suspect as White House propaganda for Bush’s proposals.


Post a Comment

<< Home