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Entitlements Hysteria

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

One of the unshakable myths of the punditariat is that the federal government is going bankrupt because of entitlements spending, especially spending on Medicare and Medicaid. This is a stampede of unreason, contradicted by the facts.

The 2012 Question

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

People like those in Sunday's New York Times piece struggle with what to them seems like a contradiction: they want to think of themselves as self-sufficient and independent, yet when pushed, most recognize that they need the help.

A Strategic Insurance Policy for Self-Absorbed Rich People

Fred Goldring | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics
Fred Goldring

The top 1% should realize that it's actually in their own interests to take care of the bottom 99%.

The Republican Myth of Obama's "Entitlement Society"

Robert Reich | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Regressive Republicans pretend they're about opportunity. In reality they're back at what they've been doing for years -- promoting Social Darwinism.

Romney in the Safety Net Hot Seat

Meredith A. Bennett-Smith | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Meredith A. Bennett-Smith

I'd be more inclined to overlook the comment, ridiculous as it was, if Romney wasn't in fact campaigning on what could be described as a fairly anti-safety net platform. History is on my side here.

Dan Froomkin

The American Social Welfare State Means Relief For (Almost) Everybody | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has taken to accusing President Barack Obama of trying to turn the United States into a Eu...

Turning Off the Lights: Democracy in the Dark

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

There is no more dismal metaphor for America's abandonment of the public sphere than the decision by Highland Park, Michigan to rip up a swath of its street lights in the name of public parsimony.

Willard Mitt Romney Rails Against "Entitlement Society" -- That Takes Chutzpa

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

It really takes chutzpa for a guy who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth to rail against an "entitlement society." Mitt Romney is a guy who got his start in life the old-fashioned way -- he inherited it.

New Social Security Proposal Has Senior Groups Up In Arms

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Just as 55 million Social Security recipients are about to get their first benefit increase in three years, Congress is looking at ...

Are the Best Things in Life Still Free?

Frank A. Weil | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

What people get free in life, they tend not to value highly, conversely, when people become invested in something -- via money and/or effort -- they g...

Jon Ward

Romney Moves To Embrace Paul Ryan Medicare Plan | Jon Ward | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney proposed overhauling Medicare to allow beneficiaries to enroll in private health care plan...

Question Authority: The Boomers Are Coming and They Won't Play Dead

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty
Bernard Starr

Politicians beware -- the boomers are coming. Like drill sergeants you may bark your marching orders and expect unchallenged compliance. But this army will march to its own drum beat.

Stop Scaring Boomers: Why Social Security Matters

Carol Orsborn | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Carol Orsborn

Just as one can ascend the pyramid towards actualization, so can one slip back down to the bottom, where fulfilling the urge to give back is replaced with the survival-driven pursuit of basic needs.

Grim Realities in the Obama Budget Plan

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

Obama may be leaning against the right-wing juggernaut, but he is not changing its direction, only slightly blunting its force. He has already given in where it counts by agreeing with the Republicans in August to slash the core of the discretionary civilian budget.

Entitlements, Defense and the Not-So-Super Committee

Jason Erb | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Jason Erb

On Thursday September 8, at the first meeting of the Congressional deficit cutting Super Committee, Sentator John Kyl (R-Arizona) set the tone for the...

Jon Ward

Rick Perry Softens Social Security Rhetoric Before Florida Debate | Jon Ward | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) -- who is hard to outflank from the right and is a favorite with Tea Party Republicans -- is getting r...

Jennifer Bendery

Question Remains Whether Congress Can Pass Any Major Jobs Plan | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Congressional lawmakers were quick to offer boilerplate responses to President Barack Obama's jobs speech on Thursday night, but none wer...

Zach Carter

Obama Pushes Medicare Cuts In Jobs Speech | Zach Carter | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his jobs speech before Congress Thursday night, President Barack Obama appeared to call on congressional Democrats to cut Medicare, a...

Elise Foley

Bob Turner, Rush Limbaugh's TV Friend | Elise Foley | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bob Turner, the Republican television executive hoping to win a special election for the New York congressional seat vacated by Anthony ...

Jon Ward

Romney Campaign Sees Advantage Over Perry In Crucial Primary State | Jon Ward | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Rick Perry's explosive comments and past writings about Social Security have delighted Mitt Romney supporters and some advisers, who se...

Perry's Iowa Remarks Reveal Republican Strategy on Social Security

Daniel Marans | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

The media have portrayed Governor Rick Perry's description of Social Security as a "Ponzi scheme" as the latest extreme statement of an unconventionally candid candidate. But his full remarks reveal just as much about Republicans' strategy for cutting Social Security.

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.

Isn't It Ironic When Politicians Parade Their Faith but Act Unchristian?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

I cannot find any passage in the Bible that says: "Oh Ye Faithful: The poor shall sacrifice so that the rich may retain their wealth," but that appears to be the fundamental policy of the fundamentalists.

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...

To Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid & Social Security, Call Them "The Middle Class Safety Net," Not "Entitlements"

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Calling Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid the "Middle Class Safety Net" makes it much easier to defend them politically. It's easy for politicians to call for "Entitlement reform" or "Entitlement cuts". It's not so easy to call for shredding the Middle Class Safety Net.