Imagine yourself in this situation. You're in your mid-40s. You've worked hard all of your life. Then, you acquire a serious health condition. Your savings are wiped out. You're forced to go onto disability. You lose your modest home.
Welcome back (after we took last week off, to digest) to our Friday roundup! We should have two weeks of news to cover, but nothing much of anything strange or startling happened Thanksgiving week, so we're going to concentrate on just this current week.
Democrats are hammering out a deal with transparent fraud Paul Ryan when they should be shouting the truth to anyone who'll listen. And the rest of us? We should be reaching for pitchforks.
The clarion call from Republicans: Fraud! Using fear in promoting selfish and ultimately destructive policies has become the GOP methodology -- the b...
We need jobs, growth and the American safety net now more than ever. Why should President Obama give up his pledge to tackle the elephant in the room known as corporate welfare?
"Reverse cost shifting" is a perverse and often financially devastating byproduct of an overly complicated hospital payment system in which different payers have different levels of information.
This Thanksgiving, Congress should set aside dysfunction and the austerity mindset and give the American people a reason to be thankful: a federal spending and revenue plan that takes our best interests to heart.
While we applaud Senator Warren and Paul Krugman for their unequivocal stance not to cut but to expand the benefits of social security, we believe we can be much bolder.
Some of the most vigorous opponents of the legislation expressed outrage that those who are young and healthy are being forced to pay -- out of their pockets, in higher taxes -- for those who are old and infirm. That's not fair, they argued. I don't need the benefits -- why should I be forced to pay for them to benefit others? Let them pay.
For those of us who come out of the ranks of middle class or poor, and whose families and friends still live there, Social Security is a life or death issue. Every dollar matters to them.
The conventional wisdom in D.C. is that Social Security is a threat to the deficit and needs cutting. But, as J.K. Galbraith wrote of conventional wisdom, "The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking."
The damage to the average citizen's barely tepid faith in the government's ability to deliver on its promises has taken yet another blow to the body public. It's no wonder we're all disappointed.
Growing income inequality is caused by the human decisions and the economic rules of the game we create. And shamefully, America lags behind every other first world nation in closing that income gap. That can be changed.
Our recipe for prosperity is simple: protect the safety net, stop the austerity, give the economy room to grow, and don't pursue further deficit reduction at the expense of national priorities. The question is whether budget negotiators will listen.
You'll be happy to know that for the most part, Social Security provides divorced spouses benefits just like they do spouses, if you meet the government's requirements. Here's how it works.
It's a free country (at least for the time being.) But be honest about it. I find it deeply offensive that you would obfuscate your true intentions and exploit children and unaware adults to advance your destructive political agenda.