30 Issues: Getting Real On Medicare and Social Security
Monday, September 24, 2012
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”
Got a Follow Up?
Each Friday we'll be following up on one of that week's issues. Got a particular follow-up question from this conversation? Comment below or tweet us. Tweet to @brianlehrer