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Alan Simpson's Love-Hate Relationship With 'Bullsh*t'

Politico | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics

Don't piss off Alan Simpson because he won't stand for that bulls--....

Social Security: Neutral in Name, Sexist by Design

Kristin Maschka | Posted 08.08.2012 | Women
Kristin Maschka

Now is the time to make changes so that the Social Security Administration can honestly announce: "Social Security is neutral with respect to gender -- by design."

Behind Alan Simpson Bluster: A Warning Sign for Workers and Retirees

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

In the debate over Social Security's future, what often gets forgotten is that the average senior on Social Security must get by on just a little over $1000 each month. This stands in stark contrast to the lifestyle of Social Security critics like Alan Simpson and Mitt Romney.

Mike Sacks

Deportation And Wiretapping At The Supreme Court | Mike Sacks | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With five weeks remaining in its term, the Supreme Court on Monday morning chipped away at its 20-plus cases yet to be decided by issuin...

Ryan Grim

What Half A Billion Dollars Buys You In Washington | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Peter Peterson, a Wall Street billionaire who has been calling for cuts to Social Security and other government programs for years, is h...

WATCH: Social Security For Dummies

Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

The financial jargon and parade of rules and exceptions associated with Social Security can prevent Americans from fully utilizing their benefits. To ...

Death to Social Security Trust Funds

Jim Jaffe | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

It may be time to simply abolish the funds and pay for promised benefits via the budget using the same mechanism that's now used to finance other promised benefits, like pensions and healthcare for retired government workers and military retirees.

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.

A Young Person's Debate

Alex Wirth | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Alex Wirth

Young people are worried Social Security will not be there for them and are looking for other options to ensure their future economic security. My generation doesn't want to be paying into a system from which we won't receive anything.

Taking Social Security's Best Deal

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 05.12.2012 | Money
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Over lunch the other day, a friend told me, out of the blue, that I wouldn't believe how complicated Social Security benefit-taking rules are. He then told me he'd figured out how to get the most from the system for himself and his wife Karen.

Proposed Social Security Chained COLA Not Ready for Prime Time

Merton Bernstein | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Merton Bernstein

Until the necessary procedures are designed, tested, and proven feasible , chained COLA will not be ready for prime time. Even then, it would reduce benefits and impose harm without adequate justification.

2 Secrets The Social Security Administration Won't Tell You

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.05.2012 | Fifty

Navigating Social Security benefits takes more than a compass. And don't expect a lot of help from the Social Security Administration. But that do...

Social Security: Mitch Daniels and the Millionaires' "Means Testing" Scam

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The means-testing proposal is a Trojan horse. It uses anti-millionaire rhetoric to create the machinery for denying benefits to rich people, but its backers will then use that machinery against most Americans.

The Simple Money Move That Could Save Social Security

Posted 01.21.2012 | Fifty

(Courtesy Daily Finance) It's hard to be optimistic about Social Security. With many experts pointing to Social Security's imminent collapse and p...

To Maximize Retirement Benefits, Know The Rules | Posted 01.20.2012 | Fifty

(Reuters) - When the oldest baby boomers start turning 66 this year, they'll be eligible to file for full Social Security benefits. But pollsters say ...

Disability Benefits Last Chance For Jobless To Survive

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

As more jobless people run out of unemployment insurance, they are turning to a last resort to make ends meet: government disability benefits. Two ...

Why 2012 Is a Huge Year for Retiring Boomers

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.17.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Nota bene: 2012 is a critical year on the Baby Boomers' timeline. In 2012, the oldest boomers will turn 66, the magic age at which they can claim the whole enchilada of the Social Security benefits they have earned and, as an added topping, the penalty for working and collecting benefits goes away. Big news, right? Maybe, maybe not.

What Social Security Gets You: A Minimum-Wage Lifestyle | Posted 12.21.2011 | Fifty

Millions of senior citizens breathed a sigh of relief when the Social Security Administration announced that due to inflation it would be increasing p...

Does the Religious Right Really Care about Children?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathaniel Frank

In anointing themselves the champions of "family values" and protectors of vulnerable children, religious conservatives have had little to say when confronted with the undeniable existence of actual gay families -- particularly kids with LGBT parents.

Half Of Young People Don't Expect To Get Social Security

Posted 05.02.2013 | Business

In the eyes of half of America's youngest voters, the American dream of government-funded retirement is slipping away. Half of Americans between th...

You Can Take It With You: Dead Federal Retirees Paid Millions Annually, Report Finds

Washington Post | By Ed O’Keefe | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

The federal government pays out millions of dollars to dead people each year -- including deceased retired federal workers, according to a new report....

Why Social Security Is Still the Third Rail

Martin Nolan | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Martin Nolan

In the most recent Republican debate, Perry said he wanted "a conversation." That's usually when candidates get into trouble.

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.

Elise Foley

Perry Backs Off Social Security 'Ponzi Scheme' Comments | Elise Foley | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry recently walked back his claims that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme,...

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...