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The National Piggybank: Does Our Retirement System Need Fixing?

This 1997 report assembled by Doble Research Associates examines a series of forums where citizens deliberated about the issue of what to do about the retirement system.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report…

In these forums, participants favored four major points:

1. Social Security is in crisis and something must be done to save the system
2. Social Security should not become a welfare program
3. For equity, some incremental changes, such as raising the ceiling on the Social Security tax and taxing benefits, should be considered
4. Private retirement accounts may be an idea whose time is coming.

More about National Issues Forums and their Reports on the Issues…

The National Issues Forums (NIF) network includes civic, educational, and other organizations, and individuals, whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. NIF issue guides introduce participants to several choices or approaches to consider. Rather than conforming to any single public proposal, each choice reflects widely held concerns and principles. Panels of experts review manuscripts to make sure the choices are presented accurately and fairly. Look through all the NIF issue guides and their corresponding moderator guides, DVDs, and other resources at www.nifi.org/issue_books.

Reports are published periodically to communicate the outcomes of forums held across the nation about a particular issue. Making use of participants’ answers to forum questionnaires, reports from moderators, and in-depth studies of selected forums, these reports describe in some detail what happened as people deliberated about the issue at hand. View all NIF Reports on the Issues at www.nifi.org/reports/issues.aspx.

Resource Link: www.nifi.org/reports/detail_issues.aspx?catID=17&itemID=772

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