NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


January 24, 2006

What is the status of Social Security reform? After a year of intense political focus most Americans have very little real knowledge about what reforms are proposed, says Sean Tuffnell of the National Center for Policy Analysis. However, some lessons have been learned about the reform process. Among them:

  • It must be made clear that unlike most policy proposals that can just simply fade away, Social Security must be reformed because the program goes into the red in just 12 years.
  • Reform must be presented a positive way and requires a good deal of explaining.
  • This means a long, consistent dialogue about how personal investment is essential to the program's future sustainability; how ownership will help build inheritable wealth for those who now don't have it; and how it will benefit working women.

The NCPA has begun this dialogue at the local level with a volunteer program called "Team NCPA." Community volunteers spoke before about 150 different civic groups last year, and have already booked more than 20 requests this year.

Because this election year may force a discussion of the issue, reformers might as well take the offense and begin establishing the foundation for support, says Tuffnell.

Source: Sean R. Tuffnell, "What fate for Social Security reform?" Washington Times, January 23, 2006.


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