Gary Johnson: What Clinton and Trump Won’t Tell You About Entitlements

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Gary Johnson

Fortune.com

It’s easier to let someone else deal with them.

“We’re gonna save your Social Security without making any cuts. Mark my words,” Donald Trump said during a rally in February of this year. Hillary Clinton echoed those words in a tweet at about the same time: “I won’t cut Social Security.”

Both candidates seem to be promising that the status quo is sustainable, and that our current trajectory won’t require any significant adjustments. But both candidates aren’t being straight with the American people, and they know that. So does anyone else who reads their personal assessment of future benefits sent out at the beginning of each year by the Social Security Administration.

“Your estimated benefits are based on current law,” each statement says. “Congress has made changes to the law in the past and can do so at any time. The law governing benefit amounts may change because, by 2034, the payroll taxes collected will be enough to pay only about 79 percent of scheduled benefits.”…
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