Magazine April 16, 2018, Issue

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(Larryhw/Dreamstime)

THE UNAVOIDABLE SOCIAL SECURITY CRISIS

The main point of Brian Riedl’s article “The Entitlement Crisis Ignored” (March 19) seems to be that the 76.4 million Baby Boomers will cause the Social Security and Medicare funds to go bankrupt (creating an $83 trillion deficit in 30 years) when they retire. The author attempts to follow the money into the future without taking a serious look at the history of the Social Security Trust Fund.

The article states that “the existence of 74 million Baby Boomers retiring into Social Security and Medicare is an actuarial reality.” This assertion ignores the time value of contributions;

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