The Safest Bet On Social Security

Robert Kuttner suggests Social Security trustees should assume wage growth of 1.7% and break out the champagne ("Social Security: If it ain't broke, don't tinker," Economic Viewpoint, Feb. 20). The prudent course would be to look at history and make the modifications based on recent trends. If this were done, and if wage growth did indeed go to 1.7%, the worst thing we could say is: "Sorry, we have this huge surplus, and all these workers who paid into Social Security will receive their benefits."

Mark Eckenweiler

Newport Coast, Calif.

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