December 11, 2017

How Trump May Be Saving Social Security

A funny thing happened on the way to the collapse of Social Security.

It didn’t.

Or to be more accurately, the countdown took a momentary pause for the cause.

Back in June 2016, the New York Times reported on the annual report by actuaries on when Social Security’s surplus would run dry.

From the New York Times:

Under existing law, the trustees said Wednesday, Medicare’s hospital trust fund would be depleted in 2028, two years earlier than projected in last year’s report.

In addition, they said, the Social Security trust funds for old-age benefits and disability insurance, taken together, could be depleted in 2034, the same year projected in last year’s report. Tax collections would then be sufficient to pay about three-fourths of promised benefits through 2090, they said.

The end is near.

But it is as near now as it was a year ago — 18 years away.

From Market Watch:

According to the 2017 report by the trustees for Social Security, the main Social Security trust fund is projected to pay full benefits only until 2035 — 18 years from now. Without legislative action, the fund will incur a huge shortfall, able to pay only about 75% of benefits going forward.

Well, 4.1% unemployment should fatten FICA revenues and stave off the collapse of Social Security.

In 2016, it would run out the year I turn 81.

In 2017, it will run out when I turn 82.

Maybe the U.S. economy can grow its way out of this mess.

***by Don Surber

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