Buck Passing on Social Security

A bipartisan unit finds the issue laced with political arsenic

A deal has been just about worked out. It could produce the $150 billion to $200 billion that the Social Security system needs to make sure that it can continue mailing checks on time to 36 million Americans through the 1980s. But, unfortunately, whether or not the deal will ever actually be struck has turned into a cliff-hanging suspense story.

Reason: the plan that is acceptable to most of the 15 members of the National Commission on Social Security Reform contains political arsenic in the...

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