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buzman: I don't understand ignoring SS benefits. Dialing back I get but not 50% unless you were planning for a surviving spouse.

As I said, the 50% cut scenario is my hedge against "means testing" which I think may well come to pass (and possibly affect us if it involves net worth). But, as you mention, it also addresses our surviving spouse scenario.

The third option (ignoring SS entirely) is more of what might be called an "absolute measure" of how well we've planned for our own retirement regardless of other factors.
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