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My Two Cents

A Disagreement About Entitlements

Chris Farrell Oct 24, 2007

I love it when something I say sparks a reaction among listeners. Last week, Marketplace Morning Report host Scott Jagow and I talked about the future of Social Security. Basically, I don’t think we have (much) of a fiscal problem with Social Security. The real fiscal issue is Medicare and Medicaid. And those two federal programs are really part of a much larger healthcare financing conundum facing the country.

Anyway, my comments outraged Gary North. here’s his reaction on

For a very different perspective from North’s, check out the blog of Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington D.C. And some of the most thoughtful reform writings on Social Security come from Andrew Samwick, economist at Dartmouth University. He’s helpfully gathered in one place on his blog all his writings on Social Security reform, too.

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