The Social Security dilemma demands immediate action

Published: Monday, January 24, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 10:29 p.m.
Referencing some of the more frantic letters of recent weeks regarding the discussion of Social Security reform, apparently from some of your more frail and frightened readers, it is important that at least some facts breach the vacuum.
Unlike Harvard intellectuals, as reported in The Sun, we common people can engage freely in a rational discussion and debate based on facts, not myth or hyperbole.
A good starting point for an overview of the state of Social Security, and a menu of options for reform, can be found in a report tendered in 2000 by the late, great former senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Sen. Moynihan was a modern day paradox - he was both an intellectual and a liberal. Moynihan could look at complex problems, rejecting stale and ineffectual paradigms, independent of narrow party prejudice, to reach compelling and irrefutable conclusions.
As we move forward, we should resist the intellectually lazy politics of contrariety, or the politics of personal attacks on those forwarding new ideas. I hope we all may agree that Social Security is a problem, and that "kicking the can" down the road does little to advance society and could be perceived by our heirs as irresponsible and even foolhardy.
Jeff Peterson, Gainesville

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