30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The current state of Medicare and Social Security, and how they might change. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.
Open Prep: Questions, Articles, and Links to Get You Started
- What do taxpayers owe their grandparents, and what do grandparents owe the future?
- What is the distribution of government spending between the elderly and the young?
- How do the Obama and Romney/Ryan plans differ?
What are your key questions on this topic? Post them below and get the conversation going!
- James Galbraith, professor of Government at University of Texas at Austin Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis (Oxford University Press, USA, 2012);
- Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy at Third Way;
- James Capretta, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center
Links and Articles
Third Way's report, "Collision Course: Why Democrats Must Back Entitlement Reform" inspired a Bill Keller column in the New York Times, "The Entitled Generation" and a response from James Galbraith.
James Capretta defends the Romney/Ryan proposal in “The Medicare Distortions”
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