Have babies to save Social Security
Regarding Robert Samuelson’s Dec. 27 op-ed, “Our fairness dilemma,” on the reform of Social Security and Medicare:
Mr. Samuelson mentions that some baby-boomer retirees and soon-to-be retirees are objecting that some of the reform proposals raising the retirement age at which benefits are received and cutting benefits would be “unfair.”
“Unfair”? What cheeky hypocrisy! The people who want their benefits preserved are the ones responsible for the problem. After all, it was they who broke the “chain of trust” by which each working generation supports the retired generation’s benefits. They reduced the number of their children to about two per family, or even fewer, so that today there are about 60 to 70 million fewer consumers and workers than there would have been, and that many fewer people to support the boomer retirees and soon-to-be retirees.
It would be condign punishment if the boomers’ benefits were indeed cut; it would be the utmost in “fairness.” In the meantime, the coming generation of workers must be educated to the economic and demographic benefits, and even psychological benefits, of stable marriages and families with many children, say six to eight.
In other words, to save Social Security, have babies.
Edward Thorne, Fairfax