A small tax increase would make the essential national retirement program secure for decades, our columnist says, but lawmakers would have to take action.

Millions of Americans worry about Social Security — whether they will get the full retirement paychecks promised to them in years to come. And many younger people believe — incorrectly, in my view — that by the time they are ready to retire, Social Security will no longer be there for them.

The issue is deemed so thorny in Washington that most politicians dance gingerly around it. The latest annual Social Security Trust Funds report in May said that unless action was taken, benefit cuts of roughly 20 percent would have to start in 2033.

Yet when you stop and really look at the problem, it turns out that what’s required for fixing Social Security is no big deal.

This isn’t a bold claim. It’s based on hard numbers calculated

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