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Rethinking Scoial Security

By the Numbers

Sunday, January 23, 2005; Page B03

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The lowest Social Security number ever issued, to Grace Dorothy Owen of Concord, N.H.

5 cents


Pre-presidential message: Then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush, on the campaign trail in May 2000, outlines his ideas for altering Social Security during a stop in Portland, Ore. (Eric Draper -- AP)

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The smallest Social Security payment ever made. $4.5 trillion

The amount paid into Social Security Trust Fund since 1937.

$4.1 trillion

The amount paid from the trust fund in benefits through 2002.

222,488

The number of people who received monthly Social Security benefits in 1940.

46,444,317

The number of people who received monthly Social Security benefits in 2002.

57

The percentage of Americans who said, in a poll, that Social Security won't have enough money to pay their benefits when they retire.

78


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