The more things change, the more they remain the same. In the early 1980s, the nation faced a serious retirement challenge, with Social Security estimated to have unfunded liabilities of about $6 trillion and worries about whether the Greatest Generation would be able to afford its retirement.

Flash-forward almost 30 years. Today's headlines talk about a $5 trillion shortfall in Social Security and concerns about how the Baby Boomers will be able to pay for their retirement.

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