Social Security’s problems have led to a growing movement for reform, but all Social Security reforms are not equal. Many of these proposals fall short of what is truly needed to truly fix Social Security. Many proposals contain only tiny accounts, leaving the majority of workers’ retirement income subject to government control. Other plans overpromise, pretending that every retiree can become a millionaire with no cost to the taxpayers and no tough decisions.

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