Yes, they'll drain Social Security by 2041. But the money problems will begin long before then
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President Reagan signs a $165 billion bill, to save Social Security from financial collapse. Behind Reagan is (L-R), Senator Robert Dole, (R.-Kans.), Rep. Claude Pepper, (D-Fla.), Rep. Robert Michel, (R-Ill.), House Speaker Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, (D-Mass), Senator Daniel Moynihan, (D-N.Y.), Rep. Barber Conable, (R-N.Y.), and Senator Howard Baker, (R-Tenn.).
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Trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia.
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As the President pushes to reform the retirement system, even Republicans wonder if he is leading his party over a cliff
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Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, speaks about Social Security and Medicare.
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Bush sells his ideas on Social Security in Fargo, N.D.
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If the double tax on Social Security were eliminated, Michael Kasprzak and Betty Williams would save $1600
Vice President Al Gore during a roundtable discussion on Social Security
Bush speaks about the budget and his plans for Medicare and Social Security