Geithner & Sebelius on Social Insecurity – Today’s Quote

Andrew’s Note:  Today’s Quote is taken straight from the Social Security Trustees Report Summary.  Here’s what Secretary Geithner, Secretary Sebelius and the other trustees think about the future of Social Security.  Although I didn’t pull the whole report it’s still a little long…here’s how it starts (emphasis is mine).

Social Security’s expenditures exceeded non-interest income in 2010 and 2011, the first such occurrences since 1983, and the Trustees estimate that these expenditures will remain greater than non-interest income throughout the 75-year projection period. The deficit of non-interest income relative to expenditures was about $49 billion in 2010 and $45 billion in 2011, and the Trustees project that it will average about $66 billion between 2012 and 2018 before rising steeply as the economy slows after the recovery is complete and the number of beneficiaries continues to grow at a substantially faster rate than the number of covered workers. Redemption of trust fund assets from the General Fund of the Treasury will provide the resources needed to offset the annual cash-flow deficits. Since these redemptions will be less than interest earnings through 2020, nominal trust fund balances will continue to grow. The trust fund ratio, which indicates the number of years of program cost that could be financed solely with current trust fund reserves, peaked in 2008, declined through 2011, and is expected to decline further in future years. After 2020, Treasury will redeem trust fund assets in amounts that exceed interest earnings until exhaustion of trust fund reserves in 2033, three years earlier than projected last year. Thereafter, tax income would be sufficient to pay only about three-quarters of scheduled benefits through 2086.

A temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax rate reduced payroll tax revenues by $103 billion in 2011 and by a projected $112 billion in 2012. The legislation establishing the payroll tax reduction also provided for transfers of revenues from the general fund to the trust funds in order to “replicate to the extent possible” payments that would have occurred if the payroll tax reduction had not been enacted. Those general fund reimbursements comprise about 15 percent of the program’s non-interest income in 2011 and 2012.

Under current projections, the annual cost of Social Security benefits expressed as a share of workers’ taxable earnings will grow rapidly from 11.3 percent in 2007, the last pre-recession year, to roughly 17.4 percent in 2035, and will then decline slightly before slowly increasing after 2050. Costs display a slightly different pattern when expressed as a share of GDP. Program costs equaled 4.2 percent of GDP in 2007, and the Trustees project these costs will increase gradually to 6.4 percent of GDP in 2035 before declining to about 6.1 percent of GDP by 2050 and then remaining at about that level.

Per the Social Security Trustees in Trustees Report Summary

Timothy F. Geithner,
Secretary of the Treasury and Managing Trustee
Kathleen Sebelius,
Secretary of Health and Human Services, and TrusteeCharles P. Blahous III,

Hilda L. Solis,
Secretary of Labor, and Trustee

Michael J. Astrue,
Commissioner of Social Security, and Trustee

Robert D. Reischauer,

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2 Responses to “Geithner & Sebelius on Social Insecurity – Today’s Quote”

  1. Infidel says:

    Nice. They arestealing our money

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