Nancy J. Altman

Nancy 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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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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Monday, July 30, 2018
It’s Medicare’s 53rd Birthday—It’s Time Everyone Had It
On July 30th, 1965, Medicare became the law of the land. For over a half century, it has stood as a shining example of government at its best. Today, it efficiently provides high-quality health care to nearly 50 million seniors and nearly 9 million Americans with disabilities. After decades of...
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Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Social Security’s Customer Service Budget Finally Got An Increase – But It’s Only a Starting Point
Social Security doesn’t add a penny to the deficit. Neither does the cost of administering the program – the field offices, telephone lines, employee salaries, and other expenses. All of it comes from Social Security’s dedicated revenue and accumulated surplus, which is $2.9 trillion and growing...
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"With that economic message, Lamb just won in a congressional district that Donald Trump won by nearly 20 points." (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Views
Friday, March 23, 2018
Lesson From Special Election: Run on Social Security, Medicare and Lower Drug Prices
Though you wouldn’t know it from the media coverage, Democrat Conor Lamb — the upset victor in the most recent congressional special election — strongly supports expanding, not cutting, Social Security and Medicare. He is also a strong proponent of using the power of the federal government to lower...
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"One of Social Security’s many strengths is that its benefits are guaranteed and, unlike savings, cannot be outlived." (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Views
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The Latest Devious Republican Attack On Social Security
Ever since Social Security came into existence, Republican politicians and their billionaire donors have attempted to destroy it. As an effective and incredibly popular government program, it is anathema to the GOP's anti-government ideology. But precisely because it is so popular, including with...
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