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SEEKING MULTI-GENERATIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY
For Decades A Drumbeat of urgency has sounded in the background, signaling a coming shortfall. Baby boomers move closer to full retirement age. Wave after wave of younger workers follows. Social Security doesn't have sufficient funds to meet the multiplying demands.
Of course, none of this is breaking news. What is now different comes from the current recession and the seven million more people out of work. That means seven million fewer people pay into Social Security. And that means—unless big changes happen fast—we'll run short of money. And we'll do so about four years sooner than previously anticipated.
A parallel crisis looms with the funding of Medicare, which could go broke even sooner than Social Security. And these concerns are not unique to the United States. Other countries saddled with aging workforces, such as Great Britain, France, Germany, and Japan, face the same predicament. Too many promises, too few resources. Could a younger generation's future get mortgaged yet again, to fund Social Security for current and about-to-become retirees?
Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.
with contributions from JEANNE ROBBINS, JANE CAREY, MARALEE BURDICK KNOWLEN, JODIE SWALES, EVA BOONE HUSSEY
A LIGHT IN THE HEART
PATRICIA KADICK, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Julia Duin
A spiritual eye for beauty
BY FENELLA BENNETTS
Kim Shippey with contributions from Cameron Martindell
what the cathedral says to the garden
BY SUSAN ELS
'To God, you are the most beautiful thing that exists'
BY DANIELA WILBERT
The beauty of healing
BY BARBARA "BRE" COSSEBOOM
my spiritual makeup
BY HILLARY MOSER
a close-up look
BY MOLLY MOSER
with contributions from Steven Ryf, Isabel Ferguson, Julie Mosheim, Gwenn Gurnack
Sri Lanka rebuilds trust after years of civil war
BY MAYA DIETZ
LOAVES, FISHES, AND... CHERRY TOMATOES
BY RACHEL CRANDELL
FOLLOW THE ANGELS
BY MEG WELCH DENDLER
silent beauty in the desert
BY JESSIE LEWIS
Be (good and happy) attitudes and how they helped us
Ann Bennetts with contributions from Elena, Megan, Anna
LIFTING THE BURDEN OF MENTAL ILLNESS
ROSALIE E. DUNBAR, NEWS EDITOR
PLACE OF QUIETNESS
FACING DOWN THE TRAP OF EVIL
TO WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF TRUTH
UNIVERSAL LAW OF LOVE
LUNCH ON A TINY TUGBOAT
A POWERFUL SPIRITUAL ANSWER TO EXTREMISM
SCORPION STING HEALED
UCHE CHUKWU NWAFOR
ANKLE HEALED QUICKLY
PRAYER BRINGS PROOFS OF GOD'S CARE
RELEASING RESENTMENT HEALED ME