Duncan Black, aka Atrios the Pioneering Progressive Blogger, has hit the big time. From now until the election, he’s writing a weekly online column for USA Today. His very first column addresses one of my favorite economic issues — the importance of Social Security. Black has the radical notion that the supremely successful program should be strengthened by actually strengthening it — that is, by increasing benefits so that more workers can obtain a secure retirement.
BLACK: Instead of considering some exciting new program to try to encourage workers into saving more, another Rube Goldberg incentive contraption designed to nudge individual behavior in the right direction, we should increase the level of retirement benefits in the existing Social Security program.
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