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White House Conference on Social Security
Information and documents from the White House's Dec. 8-9 conference on Social Security.

The Great Social Security Debates
The Concord Coalition and the American Association of Retired Persons are co-sponsoring a series of national discussions about the future of Social Security. Read the transcripts from Kansas City, April 7 and Cranston, R.I., July 1 .

Understanding Social Security
This site from the Social Security Administration includes a history of the program , recent testimony. You can also request a personal earnings & benefit estimate statement and read a summary of the latest reports of the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds.

Americans Discuss Social Security
This Web site from the Pew Charitable Trusts aims to "give all Americans a voice" on the future of Social Security. See their time line and compare your opinions to survey results.

The 21st Century Retirement Plan
This plan from the National Commission on Retirement Policy, a panel of business leaders, academics and members of Congress, calls for a rescue of the ailing Social Security system using a combination of personal investment accounts and increased retirement age. Also see the group's retirement fact sheet.

Report of the Advisory Council on Social Security
The famous 1997 report putting forth several drastic and controversial changes to Social Security. Features three conflicting reform proposals.

Long-Term Budgetary Pressures and Policy Options
This report from the Congressional Budget Office explains the impact that the upcoming retirement of the large baby-boom generation will have on Social Security and the federal budget.

What You Need to Know About Social Security
This site from the American Association of Retired Persons allows you to test your knowledge then answers 17 basic questions. There's also an area devoted to examining how to keep Social Security solvent.

Strengths of the Safety Net
This report from the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says that Social Security reduces the proportion of elderly living in poverty from 50 percent to about 12 percent and lifts 12 million elderly people out of poverty

Social Security Reform: A Twentieth Century Fund Guide to the Issues
The Twentieth Century Fund "presents the best available facts, figures, and arguments about what's right with Social Security; what's wrong with it; the future of Social Security given the demographic and economic changes that are coming; and the major reform proposals currently under consideration."

'Save Social Security First'
Full text of President Clinton's 1998 State of the Union address, in which he proposed that any budget surplus be reserved until Social Security is strenghtened.

Privatizing Social Security

Privatizing Social Security: The Troubling Trade-Offs
This policy brief from the Brookings Institution suggests that the inevitable cut in benefits or hike in contributions to Social Security might be more palatable if workers are given ownership rights. Also see the Institution's pro and con on privatization.

Social Security's Rate of Return
A Heritage Foundation study reveals that the Social Security system's rate of return for most Americans will be vastly inferior to what they could expect from placing their payroll taxes in even the most conservative private investments. Also see their consumer checklist for reform plans.

Is There a Social Security Crisis?
Left-leaning academics debate Social Security's future and the value of privatizing it in this heavilly annotated article from The American Prospect. Also see their Social Security Index Page.

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