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Michael A. Hiltzik
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Award-winning journalist Michael Hiltzik documents the privatization lobby's ties to the brokerage and insurance industries that stand to profit from the proposed changes. He debunks the myths disseminated by Social Security's enemies, repeated by rote even by its friends and now accepted as gospel by many Americans -- including claims that the retirement of baby boomers will plunge the system into bankruptcy; that the $1.7 trillion in government securities held by the Social Security trust fund are worthless pieces of paper; and that workers can earn better returns on their payroll tax contributions by investing them privately than by leaving them in the system. Finally, he offers a clear set of remedies for those few elements of Social Security that do need repair -- proposals that will shore up the most effcient social insurance program inAmerica's history rather than destroying it in the name of reform.
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