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Max Richtman

Same As It Ever Was: The GOP's Post-Election Plans for Social Security and Medicare

Max Richtman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Max Richtman

Congress' new leadership may want to give former President George Bush a call. Not so many years ago, he believed his "voter mandate" cleared the way to privatize Social Security -- cutting benefits and putting workers' guaranteed benefits at risk on Wall Street. That didn't turn out so well for the President.

GOP Should Shut Down the Chained CPI

Max Richtman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Max Richtman

Given the economy's slow rebound, is this really their plan to strengthen America? Is there any community which can afford to lose millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs over the next decade?

Austerity or Accuracy? Why Seniors Need a CPI-E

Max Richtman | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Max Richtman

Our nation faces an impending retirement crisis yet rather than address that issue head-on; Washington is instead proposing cuts to the only guaranteed source of income for many retirees, Social Security. It simply makes no sense -- unless your true goal is austerity not accuracy.

Mr. President, Please Define 'Slash'

Max Richtman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Max Richtman

President Obama's proposal cutting Social Security benefits for both current and future retirees has once again become a deficit debate bargaining chip. However, as a consolation, the president promises he won't "slash" benefits. Mr. President, please define "slash."

Democrats Are Wrong: Extending the Payroll Tax Is Neither Good Economics Nor Good Politics

Max Richtman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Max Richtman

Too many in Washington seem obsessed with using Social Security's revenues as the solution for a whole host of fiscal problems that have nothing to do with the Social Security program.

Our Presidential Debate Scorecard Shows Viewers Were the Real Losers

Max Richtman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Max Richtman

This election will likely determine the future of America's most successful anti-poverty and retirement security programs. Few American families will remain untouched by the decisions the next president and Congress will soon make.

Democracy -- Washington Post Style

Max Richtman | Posted 01.09.2012 | Media
Max Richtman

It's hard to understand why a group representing millions of seniors, which expresses a viewpoint held by the vast majority of Americans of all ages, would face character assassination in the opinion pages of the Washington Post.

Promises Made and Promises Broken

Max Richtman | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Max Richtman

D.C.'s "fiscal hawks" tell the average American that we can't afford to keep our promises of income security for the middle class while signing pledges promising protection for tax loopholes for corporations collecting billions in profits.