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Paul Krugman: When Prophecy Fails

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 12.24.2012 | Business

Back in the 1950s three social psychologists joined a cult that was predicting the imminent end of the world. Their purpose was to observe the cultist...

Social Security Sustainable: Productivity Improvements Enlarge the Pie, Facilitate Funding Boomer Benefits and Beyond

Nancy Altman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Nancy Altman

The latest bumper-sticker slogan that "Social Security is unsustainable" doesn't stand up under scrutiny.

Selling Out America's Youth: An Open Letter to Alan Simpson

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

I've seen you on television chatting up your debt reduction proposal. And while you come across as a likable guy, your claim to be working on behalf of the next generation of young Americans is bogus. Here's why.

WATCH: Alan Simpson Bets Drinks On Taxes For The Rich

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) added some buzz to the fiscal cliff conversation on Sunday. In an appearance on CBS' "Face The Nation," Simpson ...

Alan Simpson Proud Of Making 'Perfect Ass' Of Himself

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson (R) knows when he's made an ass of himself, and on Thursday he admitted that he doesn't do so infrequently. In an ...

WATCH: Alan Simpson Dances 'Gangnam Style'

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Alan Simpson really, really wants young people to worry about the national debt. And Simpson, 81, is willing to dance Gangna...

Christina Wilkie

WATCH: Nonprofit Employee Attacked By Fix The Debt Panelist | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A conservative scholar at the Heritage Foundation, Edmund F. Haislmaier, attacked a nonprofit employee Tuesday morning in a hotel where ...

Paul Blumenthal

Centrist Group Masks GOP Backing | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of the influential Campaign to Fix The Debt struck a posture of post-partisan political neutrality this past week, as they swarm...

It's the Simpson-Bowles Personal Profit Tour: Making Money Off the U.S. Debt

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The Simpson-Bowles personal profit tour reveals that for them, for their creation -- the speciously labeled Campaign to Fix the Debt -- and for the CEOs, right-wing groups and Republicans rallying round them, the effort has nothing to do with deficits or fixing anything.

Ian Gray

Alan Simpson, As A Senator, Said Social Security Benefits Should Not Be Cut | Ian Gray | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), an outspoken proponent of cutting Social Security who has referred to it as a "ponzi" scheme, has not always been s...

Christina Wilkie

Bowles: 'We're Going Over The Cliff' | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Pessimism grew on Wednesday over whether congressional leaders and the White House will strike a debt reduction deal to prevent the loom...

Christina Wilkie

'Fix The Debt' CEOs Underfund Employee Retirement, Demand Cuts For Elderly | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of high-profile corporate CEOs are lobbying Capitol Hill this week to put Social Security and Medicare cuts at the forefront of ...

Christina Wilkie

CEOs Who Collect Billions In Govt. Money Demand Cuts To Poor, Elderly | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The corporate CEOs who have made a high-profile foray into deficit negotiations have themselves been substantially responsible for the s...

Here's Hoping Obama's CEO Meeting Devolved Into Dish-Throwing

Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business
Mark Gongloff

We know nothing about President Obama's meeting on Wednesday with CEOs to discuss the fiscal cliff. But we can hope that it was hostile and unproductive, because the CEOs are hypocrites with terrible ideas.

The Human Cost of Simpson-Bowles

Eric Laursen | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Eric Laursen

The Bowles-Simpson plan, which corporate CEOs, leaders of both parties in Congress and even newly reelected President Obama has indicated could be a conversation starter for the debt and tax negotiations to follow this election, could turn back the clock for older Americans.

Ryan Grim

Austerity War Revs Up: Private Equity Baron Drops Millions On New Campaign | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Billionaire private equity mogul Peter Peterson is investing millions of dollars in a new Washington-based campaign for austerity, plann...

Fix the Debt!

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Whatever our ideology, there is one issue about which most every American agrees: Our country's debt path threatens us with an economic crisis if we do not take action. Fixing the long-term debt outlook, however, is a tall order.

Andover Uprising: Hedge Fund Children Fighting to Liberate the Masses

David Karpf | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
David Karpf

The leaders of Concerned Youth of America are likely all wonderful, well-meaning people. They may vote for Democrats and Republicans both, but that does not make them the political middle. What unites this supposed "center" is its haughty elitism.

Alan Simpson: Quit Politicizing 'The Poor'

The Huffington Post | Ian Gray and Daniel Lippman | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Senator and co-chairman of President Barack Obama's deficit commission Alan Simpson told an audience Tuesday that politicia...

The Banker Who'd Cut Social Security and Medicare - and May Become Treasury Secretary

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why is the Administration talking about replacing Treasury Secretary Geither with a wealthy banker who wants to cut Social Security and Medicare, would lower taxes on his fellow rich people, and is trying to impose European-style job-destroying austerity on this country?

Alan Simpson Lauds Ryan As 'Spokesman Of Hard Truth Against Fakery'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) praised Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Friday, lauding the Wisconsin congressman as a "spokesma...

To Beat Romney-Ryan, Obama Must Embrace Bowles-Simpson

Ben Ritz | Posted 10.13.2012 | College
Ben Ritz

Paul Ryan's whole argument has been that "at least he has a plan." If Obama offers a plan to save Medicare and Social Security from themselves, create a better tax code, and balance the budget, Ryan's entire appeal would fall apart.

On 'Mad Men,' Past is Prologue

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

While the show is set in the 1960s, we could imagine what its storyline would look like if written for today's era.

The Dirt on Erskine Bowles: The Tame Half of Bowles-Simpson

Dean Baker | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Erskine Bowles' job as a director of Morgan Stanley was to make sure that nothing like this happened. He was paid a huge salary to make sure that the company's top management was following sound business practices. He failed just about as badly as a person possibly could.

A Hollywood Ending For the Deficit? Steve Brodner Video

Washington Spectator | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Washington Spectator

In "A Brodner Minute," Steve Brodner's animated video series for The Washington Spectator, the illustrator skewers the 2012 candidates and other targe...