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Dave Jamieson

Organized Labor Willing To Buck White House On Entitlements | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the White House showing openness to cuts in Social Security, officials with the AFL-CIO labor federation said Friday that they woul...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Calms House Democratic Concerns Over Entitlement Reform | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama assured House Democrats Thursday he won't slash Social Security and Medicare, moments after he reaffirmed his com...

A President Who'll Cut Social Security -- And Liberals Who Love Him Too Much

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This is shaping up to be quite a victory for the GOP. Unless something changes, they're about to see a core Democratic program cut -- and the Democrats will take the heat for it!

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

Daniel Marans | Posted 05.06.2013 | Media
Daniel Marans

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.

Jason Linkins

Looking Forward In Angst: The Deficit Debate Needs More 'Mark To Market' Accountability | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

As veteran critics of the post-crash financial industry well know, one thing that has allowed big banks to maintain their rosy outlook is a rule chang...

House Democrats Warn Obama On Social Security Reform

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama may find opposition from inside his own party if he is serious about making changes to the way Social Security benefits are dis...

Sabrina Siddiqui

As Sequester Looms, Progressive Coalition Warns Democrats Against Entitlement Cuts | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress continues to debate a possible replacement to the $1.2 trillion in sequestration-related cuts set to kick in on March 1, a c...

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

Daniel Marans | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Daniel Marans

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ruled out Social Security cuts in any plan to replace the sequester. President Obama, on the other hand, remains willing to offer the chained CPI Social Security cut as part of a grand bargain.

Arthur Delaney

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Social Security Haters | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Seventy-three years ago to the day, Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vt., was issued the first Social Security check. "It wasn't that I exp...

Obama's Messy Narrative

Mike Lux | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Anyone who wants to try and give a clear, uncomplicated picture of President Obama and his party this week has to end it a little befuddled.

Senator's Denial of News Story Reflects Deep Resistance to 'Chained-CPI' Social Security Cut

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Here's an "Washington insider" story that could affect every family in the country. This story included an explosive paragraph which seemed to suggest that Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate's #3 Democrat, was interested in a deal that included the "chained-CPI" cut to Social Security benefits.

AARP Kinda Hates Chained CPI

Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Arthur Delaney

AARP CEO A. Barry Rand said during a speech today at the National Press Club that he's no fan of the "chained CPI" -- the alternate measure of inflati...

Saving Social Security by Cutting Middle-Class Taxes

Robert P. Stoker | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Robert P. Stoker

Although Obama has considered the chained CPI, he has also advocated raising the FICA tax cap. His proposal does not go far enough to preserve Social Security. A better alternative is to expand the tax base, not merely by increasing the FICA tax cap but by taxing other income sources.

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

Daniel Marans | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Daniel Marans

It is ridiculous to measure benefit cuts against a baseline that assumes an extremely unlikely possibility will occur. What is more, Spandan's policy priorities were straight out of the austerity playbook. In effect, he said: "To avoid cutting benefits later, cut benefits now." How about just avoiding cuts altogether?

Biden, McConnell Try To Hammer Things Out

Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM AND ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The White House and Senate Republicans sorted through stubborn disputes over ta...

Dear Congress: A Vote for the Chained CPI Is a Vote to Cut Social Security Benefits

Eric Kingson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Eric Kingson

A typical Social Security retiree would lose roughly $500 in benefits at age 75 under the chained CPI as compared to the current law; $1,000 in their 85th year and $1,500 at age 90.

Ten Reasons Why the Chained CPI Is Terrible Policy

Daniel Marans | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Daniel Marans

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.

Eggs, Legs and the Chained CPI

Ben Jealous | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Ben Jealous

As the fiscal cliff approaches, I am reminded of an old country adage about sacrifice. Simply put, we should not tell people making $250,000 or $350,000 they can keep their "eggs" if the alternative is to ask people who rely on social security for survival to give up their "legs."

Ask a Democrat: On Social Security, Which Side Are You On?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Right now there are only two sides in the Social Security debate: the side that says it's acceptable to cut benefits -- in a way that raises taxes for all income except the highest -- and the side that says it isn't. It's time to ask our leaders a simple question: Which side are you on?

The 'Chained CPI' Cut: If You Can't Dazzle Them With Brilliance...

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Let me get right to the point. I'm against the proposed "chained CPI" cut in Social Security because it substantially undermines the protection against inflation that Social Security recipients enjoy under current law.

Note to Incumbents

John R. Burbank | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
John R. Burbank

Interested in re-election in 2014? You can pack your bags for home if you vote for the chained CPI. It doesn't matter what party: if you are a Democrat, the Republican candidate will hammer you for cutting Social Security.

Congressman: Chained CPI Plan 'A Stealth Way To Give People Less'

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 12.19.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) said Tuesday that one part of a potential deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" is actually "a stealth way ...

Michael McAuliff

Pelosi, Democrats Tighten Embrace Of Social Security Cuts | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), signaled greater willingness on Wednesday to cut Social Sec...

Dave Jamieson

Unions Firm Against Social Security Cuts | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With cuts to Social Security looking more likely, a group of national labor unions is rolling out another blitz of television ads on the...

8 Deficit Reducers That Are More Ethical -- And More Effective -- Than the "Chained CPI"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

News reports say the president's proposed deal includes the "chained CPI," which would impose drastic Social Security cuts and tax hikes for everybody but the wealthy. And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says that "Democrats will stick with the president." They should both think again.