Should Social Security Be Changed to Deal With the Budget Deficit?

Given the deficit, should changes be made to the money?

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Here’s something you’re starting to hear whispered in the dens of Washington policy wonks this summer: Social Security. As in, “Given the huge deficit problem we all know we’re going to have to deal with, maybe we should think about some changes to that very big source of money?” I say whispered because in an election year, no politician wants that notion loose in the land. But the topic was broached by members of President Obama’s deficit reduction commission, and though we won’t hear from them until after the election, the wheels are turning. What do you think: Is Social Security related to the deficit? Is it touchable and should it be? Or is it still the third rail of American politics? Leave your comments below and let’s start a discussion that I think will be with us for a while.

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