Finance: How We Can Fix Social Security

Forget wishful thinking and the either-or argument. We'll need a wide-ranging plan that borrows ideas from right, center and left

A quarter-century of writing and editing analyses of Social Security had convinced me that no one would cobble together even a jury-rigged fix for the system until five minutes before the first pension check bounced--if then. But now President Clinton really has put "saving Social Security" at the top of the nation's domestic agenda, sparking a debate unprecedented in its intensity. So maybe...

Then again, maybe not. A good deal of the debate is confused, ideologically envenomed, or both. Left and right squabble furiously over the latest idea--totally replacing Social Security with a system of individual investment accounts. Now, even...

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