Nancy J. Altman

Nancy J. Altman

Nancy J. Altman is a writing fellow at the Independent Media Institute. She has a 40-year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. She is president of Social Security Works and chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition. Her latest book is The Truth About Social Security. She is also the author of The Battle for Social Security and co-author of Social Security Works!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Beware Trump's Sneak Attack on Social Security
Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal included billions of dollars in Social Security cuts. The proposed cuts were a huge betrayal of his campaign promise to protect our Social Security system. Fortunately for Social Security’s current and future beneficiaries, he has little chance of getting these...
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Saturday, May 11, 2019
The Remarkable Mothers of Social Security
This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate the remarkable Mothers of Social Security. Without them, this essential program may never have been born. It certainly would be much less successful and effective. The Mothers of Social Security pushed for an expansive, ambitious program. When necessary, they...
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President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act while John Dingell Sr., behind him, watches. (Photo: Public domain via Wikimedia, modified from the original.) Views
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
This Political Family Has Been Fighting for Social Security and Medicare for All Since the 1930s
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is a leader in the fight to improve Medicare and expand it to cover everyone in America. With Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), she is one of the two lead sponsors of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 , which was just introduced with more than 100 cosponsors. Dingell and...
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Rep. John B. Larson, D-Conn., accompanied by members of the House Ways & Means Committee, Social Security advocates, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, to announce the introduction of the Social Security 2100 Act. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) Views
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
A Huge Step Forward In The Quest To Expand Social Security
This morning, Representative John Larson (D-CT), Chair of the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced the introduction of the Social Security 2100 Act . He informed those in attendance and those around the country watching online that the bill has over 200...
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial with the Washington Monument in the background. Views
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Let’s Honor MLK’s Fight for Economic Justice by Expanding Social Security
We live in a divisive time, where the president of the United States focuses on our differences instead of our common humanity. Though Dr. Martin Luther King was controversial, he sought to unite us, to appeal to our better angels. Dr. King believed strongly in the dignity of all of us. He...
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Friday, November 30, 2018
Trump’s Budget Director Reveals Plans to Attack Social Security and Medicare
Opponents of Social Security and Medicare are so eager to end these two overwhelmingly important and popular earned benefits that they can’t contain themselves. Mick Mulvaney, the Trump administration’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, is the latest to make crystal clear the...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has bragged that he has been thinking about cutting these programs since his frat days. He literally claimed that he was “dreaming” of ending Medicaid when he was “drinking at a keg,” adding, “I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a long time.”(Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Views
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Future of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Is on the Ballot This November
Everyone who cares about their Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid needs to vote on November 6. If Republican politicians and the donors who own them retain full control of Congress, they are determined to finally succeed in their longstanding goal of ending all three programs. Right-wing...
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After a lifetime of work, Americans should have enough guaranteed Social Security to maintain their standards of living. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Views
Friday, October 12, 2018
Seniors Are Getting Slowly Strangled by Social Security’s Flawed Math—Here’s How to Fix It
As a result of inflation, people on fixed incomes find that their incomes decline in value over time. One extremely important feature of Social Security is that its benefits are adjusted every year automatically to offset increases in inflation so that the modest, but vital, benefits do not erode...
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Saturday, September 01, 2018
This Labor Day, Gear Up to Stop Trump and GOP War on Workers
Labor Day is traditionally a time to honor workers and their invaluable contributions. But this year, it’s also a time to recognize the fact that American workers are under attack from the Trump administration, Republicans in Congress, and the billionaire donor class that owns these politicians...
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"Roosevelt’s and the other founders’ words and actions make clear that they envisioned Social Security to be a permanent part of the economy, once the Great Depression was history." (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Views
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
The Truth About Social Security: Setting the Record Straight
President Franklin Roosevelt signed our Social Security system into law eighty-three years ago today, on August 14, 1935. It has stood the test of time. Social Security protects us against the economic consequences of risks to which all of us are vulnerable. Rich or poor, any of us can suffer a...
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