Wrestling with Social Security

A Government commission sizes up a gigantic political problem

Needed: $150 billion to $200 billion over the next seven years. That is the staggering sum that the Social Security system must raise in new revenues, or save out of future benefit payments, if it is to be certain that it can keep checks rolling out to 36 million Americans between 1983 and '89. Or so the eight Republicans and seven Democrats who make up the National Commission on Social Security Reform agreed last week, in a public meeting for once refreshingly free of partisan rancor....

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