All Articles on Social Security

Then U.S. Senator Joe Biden in 1995 speaking on the Senate floor about his repeated efforts to cut Social Security spending. (Photo: Screenshot/C-SPAN) Views
Joe Biden Has a Serious Problem With Social Security
The Biden campaign says the candidate is committed to defend and even expanded the program. But a look at his record offers a troubling picture.
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There is no question that the US government has the money to offer increased benefits through universal programs. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Views
On Both Politics and Policy, "For All" Beats "For Some"
On the most commonly cited rationale for each position—sustainability for universalists and resource constraints for means testers—proponents of universalism have the upper hand.
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'Trump Said He Wouldn't Cut Social Security. He Lied': Sanders Vows to Reverse President's Attack on Disability Benefits
"No, Mr. President: We will not let you cut Social Security. We will fight to expand it."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden gestures during the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019. News
Sanders Targets Biden Over Iraq War Vote, Repeated Attacks on Social Security
"I just don't think that that kind of record is going to bring forth the kind energy we need to defeat Trump."
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 Even when people are permanently disabled, the more frequent and onerous the reevaluation process becomes, the harder it is for them to keep up. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Look Out: Trump’s Social Security Administration Wants People with Disabilities to Prove it
Stepping up reevaluations is a good way to purge the disability rolls in the name of "enhancing program integrity."
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'Cutting Social Security Is Murder': Flood of Public Outrage Greets Trump Proposal to Slash Benefits for Hundreds of Thousands
"We cannot let Trump get away with this cruelty. An attack on any part of Social Security is an attack on the entire system."
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'A National Disgrace': Trump Proposes Social Security Change That Could End Disability Benefits for Hundreds of Thousands
"Donald Trump and his advisers know that this will kill people, and they do not care. Every current and future Social Security beneficiary must band together to defeat this horrific proposal, or else all of our earned benefits will be next."
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Report Details How Social Security Has Become Rigged for the Wealthy While Leaving Behind Those It Was Designed to Help
"The program's become less progressive," said Jim Roosevelt, a former Social Security Administration official and grandson of FDR.
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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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