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Social Security recipients will get a raise in January, their first increase in benefits since 2009. (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)

Social Security not only shouldn’t be cut as part of the United States’ debt reduction measures, but, according to Merton Bernstein, an expert on Social Security and the Walter D. Coles Professor Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis, it wouldn’t take much to ensure Social Security’s viability 75 years into the future.

“Many have assumed that if you cut Social Security benefits, you have done something about deficits. Social Security pays its way. It has always paid its way. It has never contributed to deficits,” Bernstein says.

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