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Sticking It to the Young

Eric Laursen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Laursen

When it comes to the elderly and their Social Security benefits, President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney don't just sound "similar," as Obama put it in their first debate. They sound identical.

Tips To Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

By Linda Stern WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - It is no surprise that as the baby boom approaches its Social Security years, it is turni...

Arthur Delaney

Small Social Security Cost Of Living Adjustments Could Get Smaller | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of 96 organizations representing veterans, the elderly, minorities and labor unions on Tuesday used the occasion of the annu...

Matt Sledge

Biden On Social Security: Debate Answer Gets Mixed Reviews, Question Called 'Outrageous' | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- While President Barack Obama was forced to do damage control after he said there was no daylight between him and Republican presidential n...

Social Security: President Obama's Biggest Failure in Last Week's Debate

Dean Baker | Posted 12.09.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

President Obama had a bad night when he faced Governor Romney in Denver for the first presidential debate. However, for many listeners the worst moment was when he quite clearly told the country that there was not much difference between his position on Social Security and Governor Romney's.

The Winning Card: Obama and Democrats Need Social Security and Medicare

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There's a lot of post-debate analysis going on -- some would say too much -- but not enough is being said about the ace in the Democrats' deck: defending Social Security and Medicare.

Obama Leads On Romney's Key Issue

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

* Republican trails Obama on broad range of questions in polls * For Obama, double-digit leads on taxes, Social Security ...

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...

Does President Obama Want to Cut Social Security by 3 Percent?

Dean Baker | Posted 11.17.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

That is a pretty simple and important question. Unfortunately most voters are likely to go to the polls this fall without knowing the answer.

'Courage' in Washington Doesn't Have the Same Meaning

Dean Baker | Posted 10.20.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Last week Vice President Joe Biden did a courageous thing, he promised an audience in southern Virginia that there will be no cuts whatsoever to Social Security in a second Obama Administration.

Game Changer: Biden Guarantees No Changes in Social Security

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

It's unclear what effect Romney's decision to add Rep. Paul Ryan to his ticket will have on his candidacy, if any. But the choice certainly has had a salutary effect on the Obama re-election campaign.

Arthur Delaney

Study: Growing Disability Numbers Not A Plot To Increase Dependency | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some members of Congress have begun leveling accusations that rising enrollment in Social Security's disability insurance program is evi...

Budget Control Act: Military Cuts Will Cover the Social Security Shortfall

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A key reason that it's relatively easy to scaremonger about predictions regarding Social Security's finances decades in the future is that the language often used to talk about Social Security's finances isn't immediately comparable to anything else that most people can relate to.

Social Security Trust Fund Exhaustion: A Moving Target

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

When the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare programs release their annual reports, one of the first thing folks look for is whether the life of the trust funds that finance these retirement security programs have been extended or reduced. Well, the reports came out on Monday, and the key takeaway from where I sit is that these remain critically important programs whose future can and should be ensured by policy actions designed to enable both programs to continue to provide retirement security for generations to come. As with so much else in our fiscal and economic landscape these days, the best thing to do in the near term is everything we can to get the recession behind us and get back on a stronger growth path.

Two-Party Economic Betrayal of the Working Class: The Need for a Grassroots Progressive Campaign

Michele Swenson | Posted 06.05.2012 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Election year choices are increasingly disconnected from most people's lives, controlled by the Democratic-Republican duopoly in thrall to corporate megabucks that buy off government, and covered by corporate media like a horse race.

Obama Signs Payroll Tax Cut Extension

AP | By MARK S. SMITH | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama signed the payroll tax cut extension into law Wednesday, notching an election-year victory and rare bipartisan ag...

At CPAC, Romney's Calls For Cutting Social Security And Medicare Rankle Conservative Rank And File

Daniel Marans | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Daniel Marans

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this past Friday, few were pleased to hear Mitt Romney's plans to cut Social Security and Medicare.

Sam Stein

Obama Won't Include Social Security Reform In Recommendations To Super Committee | Sam Stein | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jilted by Republican leadership during the deficit-reduction talks that accompanied the debt ceiling debate, the Obama administration is...

Social Security Advocates Worry About Obama's Tax Proposal

AP | By ALAN FRAM | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some Social Security advocates fear that President Barack Obama's desire to cut taxes supporting the program will undermine its vaunted ...

A Deficit Pitch Without Social Security -- The Only Chance of Winning

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 11.08.2011 | New York
Josh Rosenblum

Last week, a New York Mets pitcher threw the type of pitch Obama must use to stop any new proposals to cut Social Security if he plans to make it through the game of his reelection.

The Social Security Conundrum Explained

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Paul Heroux

But how can drastic action be necessary when the Social Security trust fund reportedly has over $2.4 trillion in it at present? This is a misleading sleight-of-hand. Here is how.

Feldstein's Folly on Social Security

Merton and Joan Bernstein | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Merton and Joan Bernstein

Martin Feldstein makes it sound as if Social Security is doomed to failure by demographic changes. But that's far from the case. A series of modest changes, which have wide support, would assure Social Security's future.

Progressives Protesting Obama Over Medicare, Social Security Cuts

Posted 09.13.2011 | Chicago

A progressive activist group is preparing to protest at President Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters, demanding that he refuse to cut what they vie...

From "Change You Can Believe In" to "Eat Your Peas": Obama Prepared to Cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

With Republicans drawing more lines in the sand against closing a single tax loophole, Obama responded in his Monday press conference by offering up even bigger concessions on key Democratic values.