All Articles on Social Security

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How Not to Fight Economic Inequality
Hillary Clinton has now locked in the Democratic nomination for President, and it is time to look ahead to the general election. It remains to be seen whether Bernie Sanders and his supporters can force progressive economic policies to the forefront. But the early signs are disappointing. So far,...
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Social Security’s Enemies Are Down – But They’re Not Out
Not so long ago, Social Security was endangered by a “bipartisan” consensus that sought to cut its benefits – already lower than those of comparable countries – as part of a “grand bargain.” President Obama even put a slow-motion benefit cut into one of his proposed budgets, in the form of a...
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President Obama Finally Gets It Right On Expanding Social Security
President Obama on Wednesday did a remarkable 180-degree turn on Social Security, and since we have been dogging him for his earlier failed attempt at a “grand bargain” that would have cut Social Security benefits for future seniors, let’s give credit where credit is due. Here’s what the president...
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Thanks to Activism And Sanders, Obama Changes Course on Social Security
"This is a huge reversal from the days when President Obama sought a so-called 'grand bargain' with Republicans that included cuts to Social Security benefits."
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Dems in a Pickle
I’ve written before about how the Hillary Democrats are running against hope, and how the Sanders campaign have outed them as frank corporate shills and enemies of even mild social democracy. But now even nominal liberals, or progressives, or whatever we’re calling them these days have gotten in on...
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Why Millennials Have the Greatest Stake in Social Security Expansion
Discussions about Social Security in politics and the media often focus on its role as a retirement program that provides vital protections to seniors. But the fact is that Social Security provides vital retirement, disability, and survivors’ insurance for all generations of Americans. In addition...
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Why Don’t Entitlement ‘Reformers’ Ever Talk About Military Spending and Tax Shelters?
Now that Donald Trump seems to be a sure thing for the Republican nomination, a GOP-led “entitlement reform” movement is all but done—for now. The Republicans put “entitlement reform” front and center as a major issue in 2012, but given Clinton’s ostensible opposition and the meteoric rise of Trump...
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When Bad Financial Advice Pushes Seniors into Poverty
When you meet with a financial adviser, the advice you get may not be what’s best for you—it may be what’s best for them and their bottom line. Fortunately, earlier this month at the Center for American Progress, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its final fiduciary rule that would require...
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A New LGBTQ Victory Is a Victory for All of Us: The Social Security Administration Does the Right Thing
Does the government work for us or against us? As the result of a decision by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), the government is working better for all of us today. For convincing SSA to do the right thing, we should thank Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Representative Mark Takano (D-CA...
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Want to Retire in Comfort? Back Bernie Sanders on Free College Tuition
Sanders’ plan means higher taxes if you’re middle-aged – but it will make your children wealthier, more productive, and better able to look after you
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