The Debt Dialogues [Episode 20]: Sylvester Schieber on America’s So-Called Retirement Crisis

The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Sylvester Schieber, former chairman of the Social Security Advisory Board and author of The Predictable Surprise: The Unraveling of the U.S. Retirement System, on the question: Does America face a retirement crisis? Topics include:

  • Whether Americans are saving enough for retirement
  • Proposals to undermine private retirement planning options and make Americans more dependent on Social Security
  • Calls by people like Senator Elizabeth Warren to increase Social Security handouts

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