Republicans are obfuscating about the real reason for their opposition to extending unemployment benefits, the way Enron CEO Ken Lay concealed the truth about billions in losses his corporation racked up.
In the real world, there are millions of people out of work and getting by on an average unemployment benefit of $293 a week. And there are millionaires, who receive about $110,000 a year from the Bush tax cuts.
"No more benefit cuts" is actually a middle-ground position, since benefits were already cut back in the last Social Security overhaul in 1983. Under normal circumstances, Democrats should be seeking to reverse the 1983 cuts, not add to them.
Household income for the average working family has continued to fall, but men, Latinos and those without a college education have experienced an especially sharp deceleration of wage growth since the recession
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's Op-Ed in the New York Times is titled, with no intended irony, "Welcome to the Recovery." His story is essentially this: Don't believe what you experience in your own life; believe us.
Don't Fear the Boomers. Despite the scaremongers' attempts to incite generational war, people born between 1946 and 1964 are not going to destroy Social Security. But don't just take my word for it. Ask an actuary.
In Paris, the central city is wealthier and whiter than the suburbs. In the US, the demographics have been the reverse. In the 21st century, the United States has begun to look a little more like Paris.