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This page was developed to facilitate research by students and interested citizens into current public policy proposals for reforming the Social Security pension system (a.k.a. Old Age Survivors & Disability Insurance). It was created in 2006, when the issue was being fervently debated in the national media.
We have selected the following web pages for the substantive way that they explain the background and issues. Whenever researching an issue of such complexity, it is advisable to acquaint oneself with an understanding of how to detect bias. In this regard, there are many sites on the web that teach the principles of critical thinking and media literacy.
Dallas Library patrons may also wish to consult our online catalog for books on social security.
The White House
This section includes pointers to two earlier commissions. The so-called "Greenspan Commission", led by the same Alan Greenspan who is currently head of the Federal Reserve, appointed during the Reagan administration, effected far-reaching changes by increasing payroll taxes and thereby strengthening the Social Security Trust Fund. The 2001 commission was appointed by the current President Bush.
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The following list includes organizations who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to researching policy options in relation to retirement and social security. (To learn about advocacy groups, it is often useful to know something about who funds them. The website, Sourcewatch.com is useful in this regard.)
For additional groups, see the Issue Organizations listed at Project Votesmart, a nonpartisan research organization. We have presented organizations representing a wide spectrum of opinion; inclusion on this select list does not imply any endorsement of the positions taken.
The contemporary model of retirement has only been with us since the 1930's, not even a full century. As the earth's population lives longer and more of us reach senior status, the question of retirement may require fresh thinking from first principles. Public policy approaches being actively explored include phased retirements, combating ageism and keeping people in the workforce longer. At the individual level, many retirees are finding new ways to live meaningfully and purposefully, with less money and more time. If you know of resources that might merit inclusion here, please send us an email
Associations, Research Centers & Organizations
The Baby Boom generation, by virtue of its sheer size, has reshaped institutions as it passed through earlier life stages. It would, therefore, seem natural that a new paradigm for retirement should soon begin to emerge. While not necessarily focused on retirement, per se, the following organizations promote interest in ways of living that reflect a golden thread in American culture--plain living and high thinking.
Authors of the following documents reflect upon the implications of a graying society and explore possible economic and social consequences.
We include resources here that: 1) include a substantial amount of original reporting, 2) are organized on a single web page that is easy to link to, 3) can be accessed without having to register, 4) are credible. (If you would like to suggest additional sites that meet these criteria, please send your suggestions by email.)
While more of an aggregator of articles than a media source, Global Action on Aging's Pension Watch is an excellent resource for United States and global pension issues. Dallas Public Library patrons may wish to consult some of our full text databases of magazines, journals, newspapers and electronic books. See the subheading marked Resources on our homepage.