Monday, March 27, 2006

Immigration Realism and Social Security | TPMCafe

Here's something I posted to a TPM Cafe blog I got when I registered there:

Immigration Realism and Social Security | TPMCafe: "Immigration Realism and Social Security
By Bernal KC | bio

A very simple idea has been tossing around in my head for a long time now. I'm surprised it hasn't been discussed by others:

We're told, ad nauseam, that the aging baby boomers pose a demographic problem for the financial viability of Social Security. There supposedly won't be enough workers paying taxes to pay for the benefits of retirees in the future.

Isn't immigration reform a very simple way to solve this problem?

If we have the other ingredients needed to grow the economy and employ more workers, then why not invite more able bodied workers to immigrate legally and help this country continue to grow and prosper. No need to raise social security taxes. Just grow the economy and grow the labor force. What could be more American than to welcome a vital, prosperous, and industrious new generation of immigrants to our shores?"

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