Entitlements safe for now, but jobs remain key

Job seekers line up for information at a career fair in Los Angeles last month. High unemployment has hurt Social Security and Medicare revenues.The new Social Security trustees report shows how the short term collides with the long term: If unemployment remains near 10 percent, that’s not only an urgent problem for Americans trying to pay their mortgages it’s a long-term entitlements problem.

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