All Articles on Social Security

How can our society thrive if we condemn the best of the next generation to a life burdened by debt? (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) Views
If Democrats Don’t Go Bold With Social Reform Right Now, Then When?
We can afford these things. With inequality reaching new extremes, and corporations and the wealthy rigging the tax code to their benefit, we can pay for them without raising taxes on middle- and low-income Americans.
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The biggest item on the benefit side is that it guarantees a benefit of at least 125 percent of the poverty level for anyone who has worked for at least 30 years. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
A Bold Plan to Strengthen and Improve Social Security Is What America Needs
The average benefit this year is just over $17,600, certainly not enough to maintain a middle-class lifestyle.
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Massive worker protests killed a “grand bargain” with Republicans proposed by President Obama that would have cut Social Security benefits. (Photo: Fighting back works!) Views
You Will Have Social Security Just Like Your Parents and Grandparents—If You Fight to Keep It!
Despite being a socialist idea in a country that has always officially rejected and ridiculed socialism, it is hands down the most successful government program in the history of this nation.
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Sens. Elizabeth Warren, left, and Bernie Sanders speak at the NALEO Candidate Forum in Miami, Fla., on June 21, 2019. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Getty Images) Views
Means Testing: Sanders vs. Warren on the Single Most Important Policy Idea for Progressive Success
Basing eligibility on wealth or income level is phony progressivism and a crucial tactic promoted by the right to eliminate social welfare programs that could benefit the entire population and the common good.
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This narrative holds that neither party is willing to address Social Security’s long-term future. Nothing could be farther from the truth. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Upcoming Democratic Debate Must Include Social Security
Older Americans are the country’s largest voting bloc, but during the first four Democratic presidential debates, the moderators didn’t ask even one question about Social Security. This makes no sense.
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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) talks to journalists with fellow Republicans (L-R) Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  at the U.S. Capitol March 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. Views
Cutting Social Security to Offset Paid Parental Leave Would Weaken Retirement Security
Two recently introduced bills allowing workers to trade part of their future Social Security retirement benefits for parental leave benefits after the birth or adoption of a child would undercut Social Security’s benefits and structure, weakening the retirement security it offers workers. The...
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'A Solution for All Generations': With Plan for Social Security Expansion, Warren Demands Rich Pay Fair Share to Lift 5 Million Out of Poverty
"No one who spends 30 years working and contributing to Social Security should retire in poverty."
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'Hell No,' Say Progressives, After GOP Sen. Joni Ernst Suggests Cutting Social Security 'Behind Closed Doors'
"No matter how hard you try to hide, the American people will be watching—and we won't let you cut our earned Social Security benefits."
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Congress should address our nation’s looming retirement income crisis by increasing Social Security’s modest benefits. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Views
Joni Ernst Wants to Cut Social Security Behind Closed Doors
Republicans, Democrats and Independents, of all ages, races and genders, overwhelmingly agree. We understand that Social Security is more important than ever. We overwhelmingly reject any cuts to its modest benefits.
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What was actually crucial to Trump’s 2016 success is that the larger group of poorer less-educated whites, which traditionally leans Democratic or splits its vote, went decisively Republican. (Photo: New York Times/Screenshot) Views
NYT Steers Dems Away From the Obvious Formula for Defeating Trump
Edsall, it seems, has the task of providing the intellectual arguments for why the Democrats should not adopt the progressive economic agenda that would benefit them electorally.
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