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Alice Rivlin

Hey, We're Gonna Balance the Budget! But Seriously, Folks ...

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

So-called "deficit hawks" like Kent Conrad, Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson aren't just unserious. They're radicals. Their positions are an extreme departure from the philosophy of government that's guided American policy for a century.

Does Obama Really Want to Make Social Security Cuts Even the Tea Party Wouldn't Touch?

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

Cutting Social Security would be a policy disaster, and a new poll proves that it would be a political disaster, too.

A Collegial Question for Peter Orszag (and Alan Simpson, and Alice Rivlin, and... )

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

I'd like to pose this question to everyone who has proposed cutting Social Security benefits: Why are you against this simple, clean, and popular idea? It's a sincere question. I'd really like to know.

Annoying Alan Simpson: The 310,000,001st Reason to Vote

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

Pissing off Alan Simpson may not be the most high-minded motive for executing one's civic duty, but like they say: Whatever works.

Labor Day Irony: The People Who Want to Cut Social Security All Have Great Retirement Plans

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

If the Deficit Commission members want their recommendations for cuts to have any credibility, they should pledge to live on the same Social Security benefits that they would impose for other Americans.

Come on Down -- It's Time to Play "Social Security Survivor"!

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

Some deficit cutters will promise that lower-income people will not see benefit cuts. But any cuts will break the covenant under which workers have paid payroll taxes for a lifetime. And the question remains: Where will you cut?

Which Side Are You On? Alice Rivlin and the Wall Street Bailout King, or Social Security?

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

There's only one problem with the argument that Social Security spending "drives out" education and other budget items: Those aging people have paid into a self-sustaining program for their entire working lives.

Our Grandmothers, Ourselves: Social Security Under Fire

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

It's true that the Wall Street-fueled recession has taken its toll on Social Security's revenues. But who do the deficit hawks want to pay for the greed that got us into this? Your grandmother.

Independent Group To Look At Ways To Reduce Debt

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Just as President Obama and Congressional Democrats are trying to create a bipartisan commission on reducing the debt, some well-known former elected ...

In Search of Budget Sanity: A Dispatch From the Belly of the Beast

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

At a session on the looming debt crisis comprised of Republicans, Democrats, and others, one of the key findings of the group is that the "process is broken."