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Perspectives on Policy Discussion

The High Cost of Good Intentions
What are some ways to put the entitlement programs back on a sustainable fiscal path?

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In order to save it. Make the accounts private. Start privatization of the accounts and let the public control their own account and invest it with whom they choose. E-trade, Fidelity, or any like financial institution.

I think an important part of the redistributive nature of entitlements is overlooked in the presentation. In the context of "class struggle" where it is viewed only as a redistribution of resources between rich and poor it would seem to suggest the only solution is to reduce benefits or eligibility for entitlements. However, it could also be seen to be redistributive between old and young, at least in combination with a progressive income tax system. Funding for programs such as social security and medicare comes mainly from younger workers and flows to older, retired workers. Funding for programs such as Medicaid and food stamps is taken from general tax revenues, the burden of which falls primarily on older, more experienced (and higher paid) workers. This "churning" of tax revenues is highly inefficient, wasteful, and subject to abuse. A combination of entitlement reform and tax reform is the only clear path to a sustainable and affordable solution.

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