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September 01, 2010


Gail Collins must be delighted that Bristol Palin will be on "Dancing with the Stars." My choice for that spot would have been this dancer, who not only has the moves but also puts the immigration debate in a whole new light.

Being an actuary, I'm happy to see Collins's misunderstanding of Social Security pointed out. Unfortunately, Somerby is no expert on this topic, so his "correction" is not helpful to one who wants to understand the system and its problems.

I suspect Somerby may have gotten his views from Paul Krugman. No doubt Krugman does understand SS. The misleading columns he has written in the NY Times on this topic were not based on ignorance, as Collins's was, but IMHO were intentionally designed to deceive his readers.

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