Bogle is a very wise man, but I find it fascinating he feels the solution is an "efficient" government management body. *Seems rather improbable.
I always thought the Chilean solution was wise ... as I recall, private accounts are your choice, and absent taking that choice, you are enrolled in the government pension program. *Most apparently are successfully opting for private accounts.
I can't see how the system couldn't experience difficulty, considering our demographic shifts ... fewer younger workers now remitting taxes which are transferred to many older retirees.
The SS "surplus" / trust fund we hear about has always been used to reduce the current year's deficits ... it has never been "saved" ... just pi$$ed away each year. *Just like giving $1,000 each month to your wife in trust, and then she tells you that new Mercedes only costs $100 per month ... after "investing" your "trust" funds with her (which she uses to net against the car payment). *But she promises to pay them back, in 40 years ... she promises she's good for it. *What could be more dependable than a promissory note from your wife?
Which also makes me wonder ... the deficit will really balloon when we take away that punch bowl.
Frankly, I'm just hoping against hope that we're not the generation to be royally screwed here. *Perhaps insufficient savings to truly make it with zero SS, but never given a real opportunity to invest the many thousands we've had diverted into SS and MI over a lifetime of work. *We'll see.