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In a message dated 2/23/2005 6:31:38 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
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No  one doubts this in other fields.  Patients may have views of any  one
doctor, but it really takes a specialist in brain surgery to know  if
another  one is qualified.  "Anyone" may have views on the  privatization
of social security, but unless they know what economists can  document on
the data and financial impact, they cannot really "assess" its  long-term
impact.  We all drive cars, but whether they are really safe  in their
design takes engineering knowledge. This dismissal of knowledge  is
simply anti-intellectual and silly.





I'm not an economist, but I can tell you with certainty that if they  
privatize social security AND allow elderly people to take it out as they  please, 
then we will have a society of old people on the streets in bread  lines.  
Privatizing part of it and giving people the option of "safe"  investments may be 
okay, as long as they cannot withdraw more than a certain  amount per month 
when they reach retirement.  Otherwise, there will be many  elderly people who be 
victimized by their desperate children and friends and  scam artists and they 
will end up with no income at all.  As for brain  surgery, I'd stick with the 
experts.