In Response to: Fixing Social Security

Social Security was never meant to support people in the style of life they had been accustomed to when in the work force. The fact that retirees by and large have saved little for their later years and have thought to rely on Social Security is a problem, and some scholars have written that Social Security in fact lessened the likelihood that Americans would save for retirement and encouraged a disinclination to do so. To repair the situation may be impossible. People may have to be allowed to expire in poverty and want. Their heirs are unlikely to find compassion in the end.

Norman Ravitch *62
Savannah, Ga.