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The Right Tries (and Fails) to Justify Its Assault on Social Security
How does the right justify the kind of action Congress took this week, when it moved to cut disability benefits for millions of people by 20 percent? Answer #1: With buzzwords and rhetorical dodges. Answer #2: Not very well. For details on the House’s action, we pointed yesterday to a number of...
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On Day 1, House GOP Rigs The Rules For The Rich, Against The Disabled
The House of Representatives wasted no time Tuesday in setting up schemes that are designed to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. House Republicans approved on late Tuesday a resolution of operating rules that include several pretty outrageous provisions, such as an authorization to...
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The New Republican Attack on Social Security Starts Now!
Republican opponents of Social Security have not wasted even a single day in their plan to dismantle Social Security brick by brick. What should be a dry, mundane exercise -- the adoption of new rules by the newly convening House of Representatives -- has turned into a stealth attack on America's...
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'Hostage-Takers': Republicans Go After Social Security on Very First Day
Advocacy groups vow to fight back against what they believe is a preliminary "stealth attack" that portends a wider assault on a program that makes survival possible for millions of vulnerable Americans
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Sanders Slams GOP For Maneuvering to Slash Social Security and Medicare
Tom Price (R-Ga.), incoming Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has vowed to gut 'mandatory spending' on entitlement programs
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GOP Betrays Social Security-Cutting Dems: Who Could’ve Seen It Coming?
Who could’ve seen it coming? Progressives could be forgiven for developing something of a Cassandra complex when it comes to the Democratic Party’s economic stances. Here’s the latest case in point: The Washington Post and Politico have warned us that Republicans, led by Karl Rove’s dark-money...
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If Children Are Being Crowded Out, It is Being Done by Rich People
There is a well-funded effort (think Fix the Debt and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation ) to distract people from the upward redistribution to the rich through claims that the problem is really the elderly living high on Social Security and Medicare. Catherine Rampell contributed to this effort with...
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Democrats Can Win on Social Security – by Fighting to Increase It
A new poll confirms that voters don’t just want their Social Security benefits protected, they want them expanded – in overwhelming numbers, across geographical distances, and crossing all party lines. It’s not just “liberals” who feel that way. Three out of four Republican voters support it. What’...
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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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