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Scammed: What Shirley Sherrod and Social Security Have in Common

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Shirley Sherrod and the Social Security system have a lot more in common than their initials. In both cases, the administration spent too much time playing along, rather than asking tough questions and fighting for what's right.

Kick the Old and the Disabled to Show We're Serious About Deficits?

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

We don't need politicians demonstrating their "credibility" by kicking the elderly and the disabled. We don't need to fix a Social Security program that isn't broken.

Debt Commission Leaders Paint Gloomy Picture

AP | GLEN JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BOSTON — The heads of President Barack Obama's national debt commission painted a gloomy picture Sunday as the United States struggles to get it...

A Debt-Free America? Yes, It's Possible

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

We all know, liberals and conservatives, that the growth of the U.S. national debt is, to use a favorite word of our time, unsustainable. Americans owe, as of July 2010, more than $13 trillion to our creditors.

Dan Froomkin

Obama's Fiscal Commission: What's Going On In There? | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Members of President Obama's deficit commission huddled behind closed doors Wednesday despite pleas from the left and right that they hold all their m...

Social Security Suicide Pact (or, the Folks Back Home on the Old Ant Farm)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Cutting benefits may seem clever in Washington, where policymakers sometimes toy with the economy as if it were an ant farm. But here in the ant tunnels where the rest of us live, it's terrible politics and worse policy.

Leaving Granny Behind - Will the Fiscal Commission Vote to Impoverish Older Women?

Martha Burk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

President Obama's Fiscal Commission -- charged with developing a bipartisan plan to stabilize the soaring national debt -- holds a public hearing Jun...

Older Women Rally Nationwide

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashley B. Carson

The Older Women's League (OWL) rallied this weekend. They organized rallies with members of outside of "town hall" meetings in 6 cities na...

Dan Froomkin

Deficit Commisson's Most Realistic Goal: Scaring The Hell Out Of Americans | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The co-chairs of President Obama's deficit-cutting task force acknowledged today that the chance of their group actually reaching any substantial conc...

Enough with the Pink Panthers Bit

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ashley B. Carson

Today is the first meeting of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Some of us have been paying very close attent...

Obama Deficit Commission Weighs Politically Toxic Fixes

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The co-chairman of President Barack Obama's deficit reduction commission said Tuesday that Obama would endorse its findings, includ...

Who Are the "Lesser People"? What the Fiscal Commission Needs to Hear About Poverty

Stacy Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stacy Sanders

There are far more Americans who are less well-off than we acknowledge. The federal poverty level, the benchmark by which we establish the country's poverty rates, is woefully outdated.

Alan Simpson's Ignorance -- D'OH

Nancy Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Altman

No doubt about it, Simpson has a strong opinion - he wants to cut Social Security. Problem is, he is using his own personal "facts" to justify his position.

Simpson's Social Security Video Rant: Why It's Important

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's frightening to consider the implications of Simpson's reaction - the fierceness, the ideological drive, and the closed-mindedness. Remember, his Commission has been entrusted with determining your financial future.

Deficit Commission Co-Chair: Social Security T-Bills Have "Been Used"

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

The plan was to force a perception of a debt emergency to stampede people into accepting a dismantling of government that works for We, the People, and provides for us, empowers us and protects us. We can't let them get away with it.

Jason Linkins

Alan Simpson In Profanity-Laced Confrontation With Social Security Activist (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House's Deficit Commission has been operating mainly behind closed doors, coming up with a way of cutting entitlement programs like Social S...

Don't Break the Promise

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashley B. Carson

Today, the President's Fiscal Commission meets for the second time to discuss America's financial situation. The mainstream media has failed to focu...

Seniors Must Keep Sharp Eye on Budget Cutters

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Retirees must keep a close eye on the bi-partisan commission President Obama created to lower the federal budget deficit. Many in Washington are urging the panel to recommend changes in Social Security as a way to reduce the debt.

Don't Panic! Social Security will be there for you.

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashley B. Carson

This week the New York Times decided to scare the bejeezus out of everyone by publishing several articles with slanted statements about Social Securit...

The Return of Alan Simpson

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

Alan Simpson is an inspired appointment for President Obama's deficit commission. Among decent men and women he's one of the most beloved and respected figures in American politics.

Gray Matters: A Reach Too Far -- Who is Alan Simpson?

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

The Republican Obama picked to co-chair the so-called deficit reduction commission, former Sen. Alan Simpson, has been a harsh critic of Social Security and Medicare.

Don't Sucker Punch the American People

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Where are the courageous leaders who can address the nation's budget challenge without laying the bulk of the pain on hardworking Americans whose tax contributions have already been so misused?

The Biggest Challenge Facing Obama's Commission on Debt and Deficits? Republicans and Democrats.

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Paul

Listening to Alan Simpson talk about the work to come of the commission on national deficits and debt, I thought perhaps there is a glimmer of hope that the problem of debt and entitlements might be honestly and openly discussed.

Obama Debt Commission: Erskine Bowles, Alan Simpson To Chair Panel, Says Obama Official

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Determined to have a deficit commission with or without Congress' backing, President Barack Obama plans to announce on Thursday tha...

Supreme Court To Decide If Life In Prison For Juveniles Is "Cruel And Unusual"

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Joe Sullivan was sent away for life for raping an elderly woman and judged incorrigible though he was only 13 at the time of the at...