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Eventually a Bargain on Medicare -- Grand or Otherwise

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

The Republicans may not deserve it, but the President still wants one and has the leverage to get a grand bargain including Medicare spending reductions on favorable terms.

Connecting Entitlement Reform to Immigration Reform

Robert Reich | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

One logical way to help deal with the crisis of funding Social Security and Medicare is to have more workers per retiree. And the simplest way to do that is to allow more immigrants into the United States.

Running the Tax Dodgers Out of Town

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Awareness of the unfair tax code that relieves a burden from those who have the most and shifting it to those who can barely scrape by has spread all over America, and Congress will soon have no choice but to acknowledge it.

The Same Old Party

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The GOP can try to repackage their party by reaching out to all demographics. But, for many Americans, the GOP is just the same old party.

Preston Maddock

Fix The Debt Protest Draws Activists, Inflatable Pig | Preston Maddock | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 union members and progressive activists marched to a Capitol Hill hotel Wednesday to protest a meeting of corporate chiefs...

How Effective Is the Safety Net?

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

For significant numbers of poor children and families, programs like Medicaid, food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit are vital, but they are not sufficient by themselves to overcome the serious multiple barriers these individuals and families can come up against.

What Happens if Public Education Is Privatized? Clues From the Health Care Fiasco

Alan Singer | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

The near religious commitment of the United States to private for-profit administration of social programs has proved to be an economic disaster. Health insurance and education are not an entitlements. They should be social rights.

Paul Ryan Rips Obama's 'Straw Man' Inauguration Speech

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) reacted to President Barack Obama's inauguration speech in an interview on "The Laura Ingraham Show" Tuesday, complaining that...

Jon Ward

The Road Forward: Obama Destiny As The Next JFK Faces Obstacles -- And Bill Clinton | Jon Ward | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the sun rises on his second inaugural, President Obama is already a significant figure in American history. And he is poised to becom...

Dave Jamieson

More Revenues Must Be Part Of Deficit Deal: Obama Adviser | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics

A top adviser to President Barack Obama said Sunday that more revenue must be part of any long-term deficit deal that the administration strikes with ...

The Road Forward: Social Security And Medicare

A. Barry Rand | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
A. Barry Rand

We must address the future of Social Security as a separate debate, with the goal of strengthening it to help people achieve a secure retirement, not to reduce the budget deficit it did not cause.

Jon Ward

Obama Looks To Cut GOP's Spending Advantage | Jon Ward | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's first priority during his Monday press conference was to position himself for the debt ceiling showdown in Febr...

Complicated Politics: Democrats and the Grand Bargain

Mike Lux | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Even if you grant that the politics of the grand bargain idea are good for President Obama, they are poison for Democrats in Congress who have to run again in 2014 and 2016.

The Silent Majority Utilizes the Social Safety Net and Believes in It

Dan Lesser | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Dan Lesser

Right-wing think tanks will continue to decry people who receive benefits as "takers" and disparage safety net programs for "breeding a culture of dependency." But a solid majority of Americans, have had different life experiences and reject this view.

Republicans Should Listen to Gingrich

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While Newt Gingrich represents much that has been wrong with the Republican party for the last 20 years -- and is as responsible as anyone for the extreme partisanship in Washington today -- he has clearly learned some lessons from the past.

The Hoax of Entitlement Reform

Robert Reich | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Taming future deficits requires three steps having nothing to do with entitlements: Limiting the growth of overall healthcare costs, cutting our bloated military, and ending corporate welfare.

They're Wagging the Dog

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Today, politicians are happily feeding a complicit media a made-up story about a "fiscal cliff" and a nation that is too broke to pay the bills. Don't believe the hype.

Social Security IOUs

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

Right-wingers describe Social Security as an "entitlement," meaning its beneficiaries receive public funds transferred from others. It's actually a pension plan, and the federal government is the trustee.

Friday Talking Points -- Merry Cliffmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Here is our 238th installment of valiantly attempting to get Democrats to occasionally speak with one voice, and not get lost in the weeds of rhetoric.

Ben White: Inside the Fiscal Cliff

92nd Street Y | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y Chief Economic Correspondent, Ben White, recently spoke with us about the much anticipated fiscal cliff. White thinks the current stand ...

Let's Not Balance What Is True With What Is False

Annabel Park | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Annabel Park

When people say that we need a "balanced approach" to reducing our debt and being fiscally responsible, what I hear is: We need to balance what is good for the whole country with what is good for a few super wealthy and powerful people.

Selling Out America's Youth: An Open Letter to Alan Simpson

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

I've seen you on television chatting up your debt reduction proposal. And while you come across as a likable guy, your claim to be working on behalf of the next generation of young Americans is bogus. Here's why.

Let's Stop Talking About Red States and Blue States

Mark Rice | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Mark Rice

While demonizing whole states may feel good, it does little to illuminate the complex realities of American politics.

Pensions and Health Insurance for the Elderly Are Not Just 'Entitlements'

Alan Singer | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Words are contested terrain in political debate. The words we use to label issues and ideas shape how people think about them.

A Real Proposal to Strengthen Social Security

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

It's become an article of faith among certain "serious" people in Washington that any agreement to rein in deficits must include cuts to Social Security. I couldn't disagree more strongly.