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Presidential Candidates, Listen Up!

Martin Shapiro | Posted 11.02.2016 | Politics
Martin Shapiro

After studying our Social Security history and current system weaknesses, I have arrived at these suggested modifications that the president and Congress should consider. For one, retirement age and entitlement to Social Security benefits should be a function of a person's occupation.

NEWT Can Close Tax Loopholes

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

By using a loophole in the tax code, some individuals have organized their businesses in such a way that their earnings, what you and I would call "wages," can technically be called "profits" and therefore are not subject to Medicare tax.

The MMT Grand Bargain: Raise Social Security Benefits and Suspend FICA

Warren Mosler | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Warren Mosler

Every serious economic forecaster cuts his GDP and employment estimate with tax hikes and spending cuts.

Good FICA Means Good Job Performance? Give Me a Break

Rayanne Thorn | Posted 12.23.2012 | Money
Rayanne Thorn

We live and work in a day and time where for most people, money is scarce. Should the lack of it continue to be a liability for so many?

Sam Stein

Senate Democrats Worry Obama Will Do Lame-Duck Deal On Social Security | Sam Stein | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Concern is mounting among some Senate Democrats that President Barack Obama will make a deal with Senate Republicans during the lame-duc...

Sam Stein

Obama Says He's Open To Raising Social Security Tax Cap | Sam Stein | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama revived a 2008 campaign promise on Friday, telling the crowd at an AARP forum that he would be open to raising th...

Jason Linkins

Bad Social Security Journalism Causes Mass Misunderstanding Of Social Security, Apparently | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.18.2012 | Media

Columbia Journalism Review's Trudy Lieberman has written a lengthy lamentation on the state of our Social Security journalism, and finds that the media has performed a "dubious role" in shaping the debate over the program. "Dubious" in that media outlets have done a pretty awful job doing "journalism." Moreover, bad journalism begets bad information begets bad decisions. This is why it's so appalling when journalists get marginal tax rates wrong -- people turn down raises. And then, the guy from Politico writes about how everyone in America is stupid. But the fish rots from the head!

Mercy! Can't They Get Anything Right?

Warren Mosler | Posted 09.18.2011 | Business
Warren Mosler

Even with sky-high unemployment, we can easily afford to both suspend FICA and truly strengthen Social Security and Medicare by increasing the minimum benefits and closing the donut holes.

The Latest Mortgage Foreclosure Mess is just another Financial Crisis.

Warren Mosler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Warren Mosler

The current mortgage crisis is not a real economic crisis.There have been no houses that have been actually destroyed - there has been no fire, no hur...

Why Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal Are Not Qualified to Create Jobs

Warren Mosler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Warren Mosler

We are in an economic emergency, and both Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal have put forth proposals that would unknowingly destroy millions of jobs in a terrible depression.

Divorce, American Style And Your Credit

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Kelly

As a single mom with a 15 year old I'm going to tell you a little story of how my life almost went down the toilet, and how you can prevent what happened to me from happening to you too.

Funding Medicare, Funding Health Care

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The debate around the future of both Medicare and Social Security almost always occurs on a separate track from broader budget discussions and assumes that there is only one way to pay for these programs.

Solving Social Security

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

Watching Bill Maher last week, I was arrested by his suggestion that those who qualify for Social Security and are well-off should not collect their g...