Magazine May 23, 2016, Issue

Entitlement Reform after Trump

The need of it will remain no matter who becomes president.

Donald Trump has betrayed conservative principles in ways large and small. But perhaps his biggest betrayal is his rejection of the decades-long movement to limit the growth of entitlements, particularly Social Security. Without a meaningful entitlement-reform agenda, larger government, slower economic growth, and greater government dependency are inevitable.

Social Security is the largest federal spending program, bigger than Medicare, Medicaid, or the Pentagon. As a share of income, Social Security’s payroll tax is the largest tax paid by most workers (who split its 12.4 percent evenly with their employers). And both the spending and the tax burden are slated to grow

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


THE SS NORMANDIE Confiscated from Vichy France, she sat In the Hudson for months until the fire. The smoke was so thick over midtown, rumors Spread the Japanese had attacked New York. The old transatlantic ...
Politics & Policy


The Apartment of Labor Scott Lincicome’s comprehensive and illuminating article “The Truth about Trade” (April 11) describes several government policies that have acted to exacerbate current labor-market inefficiencies. One could speculate ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ As Abraham Lincoln said, “You’re fired.” ‐ Protesters, many of them riotous, dogged Donald Trump in southern California. In Costa Mesa, they blocked an interstate, threw debris at passing cars, ...


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