man on blocks with telescopeOne think tank is addressing the question of how to reform SocialSecurity while also growing the economy. (Photo:Shutterstock)

For decades, the fate of Social Security, the country's largest federalprogram, the largest source of retirement income for most seniors,and the second largest source of revenue for the TreasuryDepartment's coffers, has been well known.

That hasn't kept lawmakers from dancing around the issue at themargins, if not avoiding the political third rail–a term coined bySpeaker of the House Tip O'Neil in the 1980s–altogether.

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Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.