Reform Social Security Before It’s Too Late

Dear Editor,

As a senior citizen, I am writing to express my wholehearted support for Social Security reform, particularly in light of President Biden’s proposal to raise the income threshold subject to taxation from $169,200 to $400,000 — a move commonly referred to as “Scrap the Cap.” This initiative enjoys bipartisan backing from the American public and stands out as a promising avenue for securing the future of Social Security.

An alternative proposal worth considering (and favored by the GOP) involves a gradual increase in the full retirement age, with a one-month delay every two years. If implemented, individuals drawing benefits in 2025 would need to be aged 67 plus one month, and this incremental adjustment would continue every two years thereafter. A parallel adjustment could be applied to the age for early retirement, ensuring a balanced and phased approach to addressing the challenges facing Social Security.

Additionally, Congress could explore raising the Social Security tax rate paid by workers from the current 6.2 percent to 6.5 percent. While admittedly less popular, this measure would inject much-needed funds into the system, contributing to its long-term sustainability.

The urgency of these reforms cannot be overstated. Without prompt action, the system faces an impending crisis, a scenario that would be detrimental to seniors and future generations alike. It is crucial for Congress to prioritize and enact these reforms swiftly to ensure the continued viability of the Social Security system.

James Bennett