Course Details

310: Solving Social Security

July 15-18, 2019
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

The Social Security Trust Fund is projected to be exhausted by 2035 according to the 2019 Trustees Report. What should we as a nation do about that? Should we increase taxes? Reduce benefits? Both? Do nothing? Change the nature of the Social Security system? Scrap the system? This short course will describe our Social Security system and explore alternative policy options. Everyone in the class will be expected to participate and express their own views. There is no required reading, but you will have two homework assignments: Watch a specific episode of "The West Wing," and come up with your own plan for the future of the Social Security system.

Class Format: Discussion

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Martin Silfen
Martin Silfen was a practicing tax attorney for 21 years, specializing in retirement planning and estate planning, and a wealth planner with a wealth management firm for 14 years. He is the author of The Retirement Plan Distribution Advisor (2002). He has previously led OLLI courses on tax policy and financial planning.