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SEEDS OF OPPORTUNITY:
An Assessment of the Benefits, Safety, and Oversight of Plant Genomics and Agricultural Biotechnology

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Read his Relating Columns:
Seeds of Opportunity and
Food and Fear
The Most Remote Place on Earth



In 2003, Nick Smith spent 3 days touring U.S. research facilities in Antarctica.

Read his Column talking about the experience HERE.

Read about how schools used the diary of his trip to teach about Antarctica HERE.
 

Not So Happy Birthday

by Congressman Nick Smith, Retired

This month, Social Security turned 78.  It was enacted in August 1935 to reduce poverty among the elderly.  The program has been enormously successful in achieving its mission and ranks among the most popular of all government programs. Over the years Congress has been generous in adding more benefits to the program. Social Security is now at risk because there are an increasing number of people receiving more benefits compared to the fewer number of workers paying in. The 15.3% of what a worker earns (the payroll FICA tax) no longer is enough to fund those benefits.

Over the last three years $150 billion extra was needed. The Trustees of the Social Security Trust Fund predict that this cash-flow deficit will need another $450 billion from the general fund between 2013 and 2018. The government owes the money to Social Security, but still, it is evident that we won’t be able to transfer such large sums from general revenues without slashing many other programs – from defense to education to health care, criminal justice and so on.  

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