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Daniel Marans

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Fix the Debt Flashmob Participants Oppose Social Security Cuts

(6) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 7:06 PM

Fix the Debt did a dance flash mob in Farragut Square in downtown Washington, D.C., around noon on Friday. Two participants expressed concern about the debt, but did not want to cut Social Security.

(Full disclosure: In addition to my work as Executive Producer of Take Action News with David...

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Vice's Austerity Coverage Disappoints

(16) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 11:59 AM

The research discrediting the Reinhart-Rogoff study is upending the economic policy discussion everywhere. Everywhere, apparently, except for HBO's new series Vice, which recently featured Kenneth Rogoff as an expert on austerity.

Episode 4 of Vice on HBO, "Love and Rockets," included a segment on austerity in Europe and the protest...

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Chained CPI: Privatization by Another Name

(17) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Recent discussions of President George W. Bush's legacy have mostly glossed over his 2005 push to privatize Social Security.

And it's no wonder. On first glance, Bush's 2005 push to privatize Social Security seems like it was not one of his lasting legacies. Not only did it fail --...

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An Open Letter to MSNBC: Disclose Ed Rendell's Conflicts of Interest

(48) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:08 AM

Dear MSNBC President Phil Griffin,

I am a longtime fan of MSNBC. I have watched it regularly for years and admired its growth into a commercially successful platform for smart news and analysis.

That is why I am so disappointed that MSNBC did not respond to a

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Will President Obama Betray Senate Democrats in State of the Union Speech?

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ruled out Social Security cuts in any plan to replace the sequester. In the State of the Union address, President Obama can either stand with Harry Reid and Senate Democrats -- or betray them.

Democrats' disagreement over cutting Social Security is finally coming to...

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Three Arguments Progressives Are Using to Defend Social Security Cuts and Why They're Wrong

(6) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 11:28 AM

Some progressives are still bending over backward to whitewash the chained CPI -- a Social Security cut that President Obama has offered Republicans in the past and remains on the table for the next fiscal deal. It is important to know the arguments these progressives are making and why they...

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Ten Reasons Why the Chained CPI Is Terrible Policy

(17) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 11:38 PM

Now that Christmas is over, President Obama and Speaker Boehner will soon resume talks to cut Social Security as part of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Here are 10 reasons why the chained CPI -- the Social Security cut they are considering -- is terrible policy.

I spoke...

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Top 5 Ways to Talk Politics With Republican Family on Thanksgiving

(27) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 8:21 AM

Talking politics with conservative relatives on Thanksgiving doesn't have to be thankless. Here are five easy ways to talk to Republican family members that will help keep your Turkey Day peaceful.

This post is based on a segment I did on Take Action News with David Shuster on October...

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The Reagan-O'Neill Myth of Bipartisan Social Security Reform

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 10:01 AM

As far as 80s trends go, the resurgent popularity of Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill rivals that of skinny jeans and Members Only jackets. But were Reagan and O'Neill really as chummy as some people would have us believe?


Foreground: President Ronald Reagan (seated)...

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In Coney Island Public Housing, People's Relief and Local Residents Fill Void Left by Government

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 1:00 PM

High-rise public housing building in Coney Island. November 13, 2012. Photo: Matt Richter

The new grassroots organizing group People's Relief and local residents have taken control of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in several Coney Island public housing developments where government agencies' performance has...

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Occupy Sandy Volunteer Sounds Alarm on 'Humanitarian Crisis,' Near-Complete Absence of Government Aid in Coney Island Projects

(31) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Update: Since this article was published, more nuanced details on the government's role in relief efforts in the Coney Island housing projects have emerged. Click here for a more current account of events.

The situation in public housing projects in Coney Island, Brooklyn remains a "humanitarian crisis" in...

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Hurricane Sandy's Silver Lining: A Reaffirmation of Progressive Principles

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 2:24 PM

At a time when the country is still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the storm has reaffirmed progressive principles that have been under attack in recent years. Sandy has, in fact, brought together a trifecta of progressive policy vindications: the dangers of climate silence, the importance of a...

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An Open Letter to Maya MacGuineas: Don't Whitewash the Bowles-Simpson Plan's Social Security Cuts

(5) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 6:36 PM

Dear Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget,

I read your recent blog post, "The Facts on Social Security Reform and Intergenerational Equity," with great interest. In it, you attempt to rebut the young Social Security experts' argument in our letter to...

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At CPAC, Romney's Calls For Cutting Social Security And Medicare Rankle Conservative Rank And File

(13) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 11:42 AM

Social Security Works spoke to several conservatives at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this past Friday, who were none too pleased to hear Mitt Romney's plans to cut Social Security and Medicare.

Below is a video Social Security Works put together contrasting Romney's statements on Social Security and...

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Mitch Daniels' SOTU Response Is Wrong on Social Security

(49) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 2:01 PM

In the GOP response to President Obama's state of the union address, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels argued that Social Security should be means-tested, rather than asking the rich to pay their fair share of taxes to the program. While this proposal may sound innocuous, in fact, means testing would save...

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Santorum's Anti-Family Stance on Social Security

(172) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 8:00 AM

In the New York Times on Tuesday, David Brooks attributed Rick Santorum's last-minute surge in the polls to the appeal of his family values platform with working-class whites. If Brooks is right, then those same voters should take a second look at Santorum's position on Social Security,...

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Among GOP Candidates, Not a Single Friend of Social Security

(43) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 3:26 PM

The Strengthen Social Security Campaign has created a guide evaluating the "friendliness" of six Republican candidates, "Among Republican Candidates, Not a Single Friend of Social Security." The Campaign has also produced longer individual profiles of Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich's particular records on...

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Senator Sanders, Ordinary Americans #OccupytheSuperCommittee

(4) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 4:18 PM

Days after the tents were ripped out of Zuccotti Park in New York, hundreds of Americans brought the fight for the 99% to the nation's capital on Thursday with a "Wake-Up Congress" rally calling for the Super Committee to support "Jobs, Not Cuts" to key social programs. Senator Barbara Mikulski...

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How Income Inequality Undermines Social Security's Finances

(7) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 3:34 PM

A recent study reveals how rising income inequality is jeopardizing Social Security's finances.

It is by now common to hear Social Security advocates demand that we "scrap the cap" on earnings subject to the Social Security payroll tax.

This is an important appeal. Few Americans realize that millionaires only...

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Mrs. Moss Goes to Washington

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 10:10 AM

During a National Nurses United (NNU)-sponsored march from Lafayette Square and the Treasury Department to the #OccupyDC encampment in McPherson Square on Thursday, I got the chance to talk to NNU member Tonya Moss, who came more than 1,000 miles to protest Wall Street's outsize power over our political system....

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