Commentary Whichever Way We Go, Some Get Left Behind
C. Eugene Steuerle
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Social Security's original mission was to protect society's most vulnerable from poverty. Figuring out who needs protection and how much, however, is not so simple. There are many sources of redistribution in Social Security, from rich to poor, from shorter lived to longer lived, and across generational, educational, and racial groups. This article suggests that attention to this primary mission of Social Security is being lost in the current debate.
Research Areas Taxes and budgets
Tags Campaigns, proposals, and reforms Federal tax issues and reform proposals
Policy Centers Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center