Tick Tock

Slate’s Will Saletan is no fan of President Bush. He’s not a Republican, a conservative, or even a neo-con. In fact, he’s a smart-ass secularist (which is probably why I usually enjoy reading him). With that in mind, let’s note that Saletan sees dire need to reform Social Security, like right now:

The problem is grimly detailed in “65+ in the United States,” a report released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. Five years from now, the boomers will start hitting age 65. By 2030, we’ll have more than twice as many old people as we did three years ago. As a percentage of the population, this increase is enormous. In 1935, when Social Security was established, about 6 percent of Americans were 65 or older. Since then, the percentage has doubled. By 2030, it will have tripled. Not only are more people reaching 65