Social Security: The Search for Fairness

April 5, 1991 • Volume 1
By Pamela M. Terrell


The aging of the American population and the piling up of huge federal deficits are putting new pressures on the Social Security system. Caught in the crunch, policy-makers are talking about various reform proposals. These include tinkering with the benefit formulas, shifting a greater portion of the tax burden to the rich and restructuring the system to allow workers to put their Social Security contributions into private retirement accounts. Although the approaches differ, the reform proposals have one thing in common: They are intended to redress perceived inequities in the Social Security system. But they also demonstrate how little confidence exists among policy-makers about the long-term financial and political stability of the program.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Social Security
Sep. 10, 2021  Social Security
Jun. 03, 2016  Social Security
Sep. 24, 2004  Social Security Reform
Oct. 02, 1998  Saving Social Security
May 12, 1995  Overhauling Social Security
Apr. 05, 1991  Social Security: The Search for Fairness
Dec. 17, 1982  Social Security Options
Jun. 29, 1979  Social Security Reassessment
Dec. 27, 1974  Retirement Security
Sep. 20, 1972  Social Security Financing
Dec. 14, 1966  Social Security Improvements
Mar. 28, 1956  Social Security for the Disabled
Mar. 26, 1953  Social Security Expansion
Aug. 17, 1951  Relief Rolls in Prosperity
Dec. 24, 1949  Pensions for All
Aug. 12, 1948  Security for the Aged
Apr. 11, 1946  Social Insurance
Mar. 02, 1944  Social Security
Dec. 02, 1939  Liberalization of the Social Security System
Oct. 01, 1938  Agitation for Pension and Scrip Schemes
Jul. 26, 1938  Revision of the Social Security Act
Oct. 02, 1936  The Social Security Controversy
Nov. 12, 1934  Federal Assistance to the Aged
Aug. 23, 1930  Public Old-Age Pensions
Retirement, Pensions, and Social Security
Social Security