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Entitlement Reform (for Kids)

Dr. G | Posted 12.15.2012 | Parents
Dr. G

We need to offer kids and teens a way to measure their frustrations realistically if they're going to have any perspective.

What Would St. Vincent de Paul Do?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

In the midst of a bitterly fought election campaign, on issues such as wealth and poverty and "entitlement" reform, American Catholics and other Christians may wonder where to turn for guidance. One outstanding guide is Vincent de Paul, a saint whose feast day is today.

A Progressive Primer on the Issue of America's Debt Problem - Ten Things You Really Need to Know

David Coates | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
David Coates

The real deficit we have is an ouput gap. We are at least 12 million jobs short to get back on track to the 2007 peak. With that deficit before us, bipartisan commissions that focus exclusively on issues of federal fiscal responsibility serve only to distract.

Team Romney White-Vote Push: ‘This Is the Last Time Anyone Will Try to Do This’ | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics

A Republican strategist said something interesting and revealing on Friday, though it largely escaped attention in the howling gusts of punditry over ...

As Social Security Turns 77, the Most Successful Program in American History Is Under Fierce Attack

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

In these highly volatile economic times, when millions of Americans lost their life savings in the 2008 Wall Street crash, it is important to remember that since its inception, through good economic times and bad, Social Security has paid every penny owed to every eligible beneficiary.

Happy Birthday, Social Security! Now About Your Gift...

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Today, August 14, is Social Security's 77th birthday. That presents us with a difficult challenge: What do you give a government program that has everything... except a secure future of its own? Let's take a look at the options for this year's celebration.

With Ryan on the Ticket, "Blue" Wisconsin -- and a Whole Lot More -- Is In Play

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

With Paul Ryan on the ticket, Mitt Romney now has a good shot at winning Wisconsin, a state that hasn't gone Republican in nearly 30 years.

Why Obama May Lose

Rob Taub | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics
Rob Taub

Paul Ryan's message on today's spending is simple: We are on an "unsustainable path" to financial ruin. Ryan has spoken of reforming, rather than eliminating entitlements and if he is capable of properly conveying this message with a legitimate plan attached, then Mitt Romney has a chance to win the presidency.

Cut Medicare and Social Security Now

Eli Lehrer | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

The "third rail" of American politics -- cuts to Social Security and Medicare entitlements for current and near future beneficiaries -- is the best, most humane, and least painful targets for real cuts in the short term.

Ryan Grim

What Half A Billion Dollars Buys You In Washington | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Peter Peterson, a Wall Street billionaire who has been calling for cuts to Social Security and other government programs for years, is h...

Ryan Grim

AARP Plans Secret 'Salon' With Social Security Opponents | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The senior citizens lobby AARP on Monday will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called "You’ve Earned ...

Under $2 a Day in America, Part 1

Arloc Sherman | Posted 05.05.2012 | Money
Arloc Sherman

Living on less than $2 per person a day is one World Bank definition of poverty for developing nations. Unfortunately, this threshold is increasingly relevant to the United States.

Romney's "Very Poor" Choice of Words

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While most of the attention so far has been focused on the "out of touch" nature of Mitt's "very poor" choice of words, the real damage to Mitt as a Republican candidate stems from how he attempted to explain what he really meant.

2011: The Year of Resistance to Conservatism's "War of the Words"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

For the first time in many years, the right-wing warriors of language ran into heavy resistance. That's an important development that should be celebrated -- and repeated.

Jon Ward

Mitt Romney Shows Rick Perry How A Stealth Embrace Of Medicare Overhaul Is Done | Jon Ward | Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has out-maneuvered Rick Perry in the effort to surreptitiously embrace an overhaul of Medicare reform -- a top goal of conse...

John Boehner: Debt Deal Will Include New Tax Revenues

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that any bipartisan agreement reached by the congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee wil...

Clear and Present Danger

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Foreign borrowings of the U.S. represent a clear and present danger to the dollar and to the financial system. Potential dumping of U.S. dollars would start a run on the currency and a financial panic that would tip our already precarious economy into a deep depression.

Disabled Kids And The Dow Jones: Their Common "Super Committee" Threat

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Budgets cuts hurt the stock market because investors know where they lead: to a stagnating economy where people don't have money to spend. That means the economy won't get moving again.

Marco Rubio: Through The Looking-Glass

Dan Bimrose | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

While in the past suggesting the end of Social Security and Medicare has not been seen as a good policy position on election day, things have changed dramatically.

Welfare Nostalgia Won't Help Poor

Will Marshall | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Liberals are right to draw attention to the hardships the jobless recovery imposes on our most vulnerable families. But they are wrong to assume that welfare's cash payments are somehow still central to America's efforts to fight poverty, relieve social distress or shorten recessions.

Elise Foley

Super Congress Member Fred Upton: No Cuts To Social Security Benefits | Elise Foley | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Deficit super committee member and Republican Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said Tuesday he will oppose any Social Security benefit reductio...

Debt "Super Committee" Members Deadlocked on Exactly How They Will F**k Things Up

Spencer Green | Posted 10.15.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"I'm sure the Super Committee will arrive at some explanation for utter failure that is ludicrous enough to be acceptable to all Americans."

Dick Durbin: Sacrificing Social Security, Recovery?

Curtis Black | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Now that the debt ceiling crisis is behind us, it's time to take a look at Senator Durbin's role in shifting the debate away from the jobs crisis and legitimizing attacks on Social Security.

Who Matters in this Country?

Jennifer Ng’andu | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Ng’andu

Knowing the health care struggles for people without insurance, my heart was aflutter with the news of a debt ceiling deal that protected Medicaid. It didn't take long for my glee to turn into a sinking feeling.

Matt Sledge

Seniors Stage Bank 'Knit-Ins' To Protest Threat Of Medicare, Social Security Cuts | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.03.2011 | New York

Senior citizens organized by a union-backed coalition staged a series of "knit-in" protests at banks in New York City and on Long Island Wednesday. Am...