All Articles on Social Security

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Some Numbers for the 'Entitlement' Bashers
Americans constantly hear about the threat of "entitlements," which in the case of Social Security and Medicare are more properly defined as "earned benefits." The real threat is the array of entitlements demanded by the very rich. The following annual numbers may help to put our country's expenses...
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How Should Social Security Benefits Respond to an Economic Collapse?
This is the issue that Andrew Biggs implicitly raises in his Wall Street Journal column highlighting the jump in the size of the projections of the Social Security shortfall since 2008. Biggs complains that progressives have responded to the economic collapse by proposing an increase in benefits...
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How Old Will Social Security Be When the Rich Pay the Same Rate as the Rest of Us?
Today is Social Security's 79th birthday, a good time to celebrate the nation's most effective anti-poverty program, which, especially after the housing crash and Great Recession, is crucial to the retirement security of middle- and working-class Americans. But in about 20 years, Social Security...
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Don’t Panic! We Can Expand Social Security and Medicare
Actuarial science is the art of prediction. And speaking of predictions, here’s one that hasn’t been wrong yet: No matter what new data emerges about Social Security and Medicare, the well-funded opponents of those two worthy programs will always insist that we’re on the brink of catastrophe –...
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Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton speaks at a 2008 Democratic-sponsored protest against Sen. John McCain's privatization plan for Social Security (Credit: Talk Radio News Service/cc/flickr) Views
A Secret Plan to Close Social Security’s Offices and Outsource Its Work
For months there have been rumors that the Social Security Administration has a “secret plan” to close all of its field offices. Is it true? A little-known report commissioned by the SSA the request of Congress seems to hold the answer. The summary document outlining the plan, which is labeled “for...
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2014 Will Be The Year of “Economic Populism” – and Then?
It’s becoming increasingly clear that, at least politically, 2014 will be “The Year of Economic Populism.” Now the question is, who gets to decide what that really means? A couple of recent policy disagreements offered us glimpses of the debates that could shape tomorrow’s new populist initiatives...
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The Social Security and Medicare Cutters Are Very Unhappy
Who can blame them? The vast majority of people across the political spectrum oppose their plans to cut these programs. Furthermore, improved budget projections (partly because of cuts that are very bad news) have drastically reduced both current deficit projections and projections for longer term...
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Sen. Sanders: Wall Street CEOs are the 'Faces of Class Warfare'
Incredulous that Wall Street investment bankers and billionaire CEOs have descended on Washington in the midst of ongoing budget talks to tell Americans that they should "lower their expectations" when it comes to the security of their retirement and future health care, Vermont Senator Bernie...
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‪Will Progressive Groups Press or Be Pressed in Fiscal Cliff Meeting with Obama?‬
Chorus slams "grand bargain" as "grand lie"--Urge Obama to take firm stance against austerity-style deal
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Thousands Cheer Bernie Sanders' Appeal to Obama, Super Committee: Make the Rich Pay for Deficits
Declaring that "Social Security is the most successful government program in our nation's history," and decrying threats to Medicare and Medicaid that would punish Americans who did not cause the current economic crisis, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders brought thousands of progressives from across...
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