HOUSEKEEPING NOTE….Quick note: I’ll be offline for two more days, returning on Wednesday. Some of my colleagues at the Monthly might post a few items today and tomorrow, and I’ll be back at full strength after that.

In the meantime, the New York Times has a good editorial on Social Security today. Bottom line: no crisis here, and a “modest package of benefit cuts and tax increases phased in over decades” can solve whatever small problems Social Security might actually have. They’re right, and it’s good to see them say so.