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Social Insecurity

One of the most important domestic policy issues facing college students is the looming threat of a collapsing Social Security system.  Sadly, since SS isn’t the most exciting issue in the world, it doesn’t get talked about nearly enough on college campuses.  Groups like Students for Saving Social Security have added to the debate, but SS reform is still an issue that would benefit from increased exposure among college students.
In a new report released today by the Independent Women’s Forum, I examine how Social Security reform and private accounts benefit today’s college students.  The report is available online

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