Many thanks to Jakina Debnam for providing critical research and editing support for this paper. Thanks are also due to Keith Hennessey, Paul Winfree,Jason Fichtner, David Fisher, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who provided helpfulsuggestions on how to improve it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at GeorgeMason University. He currently serves as one of the two public trustees for theSocial Security and Medicare programs.From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Blahous served as deputy director of President Bush’sNational Economic Council. From 2001 to 2007, he served as a special assistant tothe president for economic policy. He previously served as executive director of the 2001 President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, as policy directorfor U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), and legislative director for U.S. Senator AlanSimpson (R-WY).Dr. Blahous’s books include
Social Security: The Unfinished Work
(Hoover Press,2010), and he has published in periodicals including the
Wall Street Journal
Harvard Journal of Legislation
. He was named to SmartMoney’s“Power 30” list in 2005.Dr. Blahous received his PhD in computational quantum chemistry from theUniversity of California at Berkeley and his AB from Princeton University.