Reforming Social Security for Ourselves and Our Posterity

Reforming Social Security for Ourselves and Our Posterity

Reforming Social Security for Ourselves and Our Posterity

Reforming Social Security for Ourselves and Our Posterity


Social Security, as currently constructed, will impose excessive tax burdens upon working Americans in the 21st Century. The National Commission on Retirement Policy plan and others would provide a better way, but as Blahous suggests, each requires political courage. He contends the public must better understand the stakes and assert its will over the insiders now dominating the debate.


When I first met a fine young man named Chuck Blahous in 1989, I was not supposed to know him for long. He joined up with my "outfit" for a one-year hitch as a Congressional Science Fellow. We would just take a few weeks or months to get him up to speed, he'd pinch-hit for my legislative staff on an issue here and there, and then be on his way.

When I retired from the United States Senate after 18 years of service in 1996, Chuck Blahous was my legislative director, as well as a trusted confidant, a magnificent researcher and fact gatherer, a gifted writer . . . and a special friend.

The story you are about to read is a remarkable one, written by a persistent, steady and extremely thoughtful man. There's no other issue in American political discourse that calls forth so many heavy combat troops. Chuck and I went through these wars together--on the Kerrey-Danforth Entitlement Commission where Chuck staffed my work, on our subcommittee's review of the operations of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and on so many other tasks.

On this issue, Chuck has done it all, and he has seen it all, too. He has been deeply involved with most every credible bipartisan effort to try to shore up Social Security in recent years-from the Entitlement Commission right on through CSIS's National Commission on Retirement Policy. in every instance, he quickly earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues for his knowledge and his fairness.

Early on in Chuck's tenure, I learned to rely on him for lucid memoranda that would cut through the usual smoke and mirrors and present the facts . . .

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