This weekend the Washington Post and Bloomberg released a chilling graphic for Social Security payments and receipts—even with the CBO's more-than-rosy projections. It demonstrates a shortfall as far as the eye can see, one that will perpetuate gargantuan deficits which ought not happen. Yet federal legislators appear reluctant to address this burgeoning gap. Higher levels of taxation are economically and politically infeasible, and a majority of House members have vowed against them anyway. On the other hand, political pressure to maintain or even expand Social Security payments is immense. Whether we like it or not, we are coming to the end of the Ponzi scheme, and over time this reality is becoming evermore evident. Ponzi schemes, which do not set money aside but simply transfer it, fail when there are no longer enough people paying in to cover the payments going out. An aging baby-boom generation, along with greater longevity in general, has insured this outcome. While I appreciate the Post's willingness to run the article and graphic, a few points of clarification merit mention.