All Articles on Social Security

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Old, Disabled People, and Social Security: A Study in Depression
Editor’s note: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a safety net program that provides a very basic income to older adults and people with disabilities who have either no or very limited other income and resources. The maximum possible federal monthly benefit for an individual is currently $733...
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Sanders to Bush on Social Security Cuts: 'What World Do You Live In?'
Bush's call to raise retirement age 'just a continuation of the war that is being waged by the Republicans against working-class Americans in order to reward billionaires on Wall Street,' says Sanders
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The GOP’s Anti-Elderly, Pro-Billionaire Agenda
Few political advisers would suggest running on a platform of open hostility toward the elderly. Most families include an older person, after all, and everyone who lives long enough will become older themselves someday. Seniors vote in greater numbers, too. That may be why the GOP isn’t openly...
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Old and Broke in America? It Doesn't Have To Be This Way, Says Sanders
'At a time when half of all older workers have no retirement savings,' argues presidential candidate, 'we need to expand, not cut, Social Security benefits so that every American can retire with dignity.'
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Discarding the Elderly
Elder abuse is defined as "harmful acts toward an elderly adult, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect." Financial exploitation comes from the banking industry; neglect emanates from the halls of Congress; and emotions are...
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Divergent Visions: GOP Budget Plans Don't Line Up With US Priorities
New analysis examines how competing federal budget proposals rate in responding to the stated policy priorities of the American people
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Real-Life Frank Underwoods: Netflix, ‘House of Cards’ and Third Way
Frank Underwood is known for deceiving people into acting against their own best interests. (We’ll miss you, President Walker.) Now we learn that this trait may extend to the series that features him. The greatest betrayals on “House of Cards” can be found in the misleading arguments, presented as...
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GOP Assault on Social Security Could be 'Death Sentence' for Nation's Disabled
The claim that either the old-age or disability trust funds has run dry is 'one of the hoariest lies in the conservatives' playbook.'
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We Could Keep Government Small if Only the Old Weren't Getting So Much Healthcare
McClatchy 's Kevin G. Hall ( 2/2/15 ) wants to drop some (conventional) wisdom on you: Few things defy gravity more than federal spending. In the nation's capital, what goes up does not come down. It goes up more. Well, yes and no. The US population grows every year, and its economy grows on top of...
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Social Security Disability Insurance: A Primer for Rand Paul (and Everyone Else)
Well, that was fast. Congress hasn’t been back even two weeks, and the conservative attacks on Social Security are already in full swing. As ThinkProgress reported last week, House conservatives kicked off the 114 th Congress—literally on Day One—with a midnight rule change that prohibits a routine...
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