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Natasha Sarin

Tapping Social Security Would Be a Big Mistake

The political precedent is too dangerous, and there are better ways to support struggling families.

Where good ideas go wrong.

Where good ideas go wrong.

Photographer: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Conservatives in the Trump Administration are reportedly considering a crisis-fighting measure that my colleagues and I have researched: Ease people’s financial strains by allowing them to access Social Security benefits early.

Typically, academics love to see their work put into practice. For me, this is a painful exception.