Social Security Ran a $44 Billion Surplus in 2017 — So, Why Is the Program in Trouble?

The Social Security Trustees recently released their annual report about the current state of Social Security, as well as short- and long-term projections for the program. And the report starts off with some good news: Social Security ran a surplus of more than $44 billion in 2017.  Unfortunately, there isn’t much to smile about beyond…

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