Correction to This Graphic
The graphic misstated the timing of last year's projections for the Social Security trust fund. The Congressional Budge Office made those projections in March, not August. Also, because of an error by the CBO, each of those projections was off by one year. A corrected chart appears below.
Trust Fund Projections
Due in large part to rising unemployment, the surplus in the Social Security Trust Fund is expected to almost disappear next year, forcing the government to borrow even more money from other sources.
SOURCE: Congressional Budget Office | By Tobey - The Washington Post - March 31, 2009