Peter J. Ferrara, associate policy analyst, is general counsel and chief economist for Americans for Tax Reform. A leading Social Security scholar, he is the author of Social Security: The Inherent Contradiction and several other books on Social Security. He served in the Reagan administration from 1981 to 1983 and as associate deputy attorney general of the United States in 1992-93. He has also practiced law and taught at George Mason University School of Law.

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Private Social Security Accounts: Still a Good Idea

The Wall Street Journal. October 27, 2010.

Gore’s Social Security Canard October 25, 2000.

Al Gore’s Social Security Confusion October 6, 2000.

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10 Reasons to Oppose Virginia Sales Tax Increases

Briefing Paper No. 75. September 18, 2002.

The Failed Critique of Personal Accounts

Briefing Paper No. 68. October 8, 2001.

Social Security Is Still a Hopelessly Bad Deal for Today’s Workers

Social Security Choice Paper No. 18. November 29, 1999.

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