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Social Security Cuts

Celebrate Social Security, Don't Cut It

Mykle Ann Mora | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Mykle Ann Mora

Social Security needs reform. But, that reform should take place in the form of expansion not cuts. Like millions of other Americans, Social Security is a lifeline for my family, but without an expansion, it is an increasingly fraying one.

Social Security, Ten Years From Now

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Republicans are determined to gut Social Security, while Democrats have yet to flatly reject budget cuts or endorse its expansion as part of the party platform. This means that there are two possible futures for Social Security.

The Surprise Issue of the 2016 Election?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Some observers thought that conservative candidates would be inclined to avoid the so-called "third rail" of American politics this time around, but the opposite seems to be true.

Social Security Reversal in Maryland Senate Race: Six Key Lessons for Democrats

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Voters are likely to remain dubious about candidates who offer only vague platitudes about key issues like jobs, wages, and trade without making firm commitments or offering specific proposals. The Maryland race has just begun, of course. But so far, it seems to point to the pitfalls of corporate "centrism" -- and the promise of economic populism.

Ryan Grim

Social Security Fight Heats Up In Maryland Senate Race | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a good thing Chris Van Hollen showed up. At a press conference Wednesday, Van Hollen, a House Democrat running for U.S. Senate in...

Michael McAuliff

Bernie Sanders: Obama Won't Propose Chained CPI To Cut Entitlements | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will not renew his pursuit of a stealthy cut to Social Security and other entitlement programs by proposing a che...

Arthur Delaney

Dems Decry Social Security Sneak Attack | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Social Security advocates are accusing House Republicans of launching a sneak attack on disability insurance on the very f...

The Case of the Deleted Social Security Data: Why It Is Bad for Workers and Retirees

Karen Friedman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Money
Karen Friedman

When policymakers shape legislation to expand retirement savings and pension coverage, it's important for them to know the truth about how much Social Security provides, which isn't a lot.

Social Security Benefits Made Easy -- Part 5

Jay Lickus | Posted 10.04.2014 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

OK, Baby Boomers, we are now at day five of our deep dive into the Social Security System and its benefit programs.

Social Security Benefits Made Easy - Part 3

Jay Lickus | Posted 10.04.2014 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

Today, Baby Boomers, we start to dig into the meat and potatoes of the Social Security system.

A Five Point Approach to Fix Social Security: What Everyone Needs to Know

Dominik Knoll | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

It's no secret that Congress has not been solving many problems lately - and its popularity reflects this. Some of the issues the country faces are co...

Invisible Social Security Cuts: Now You See Them, Now You Don't

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The question is, why? Social Security may be the single most efficient benefit program -- public or private -- in the country. Its annual operating expenses are less than 1 percent of overall costs, a figure which private sector programs should envy.

Expanding Social Security; Good Policy and Good Politics

Jonathan Voss | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Voss

As the economy improves, retirement security will become a dominant economic issue, a key component of closing the gap between rich and poor and ensuring a strong middle class.

Health Care Consumes Over a Third of Social Security Checks

Ben Veghte | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Ben Veghte

The vast majority of America's seniors live on modest, fixed incomes. They have paid into Social Security throughout their working lives. Congress has a sacred obligation to protect them from out-of-control health care costs in retirement.

Why Are Most Latinos Not Prepared for Retirement?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 03.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Yes, we sure like to work. It's unfortunate, then, that so many Hispanics who reach old age have nothing to show for it.

Who Stops Paying Social Security Taxes After Today?

Teresa Ghilarducci | Posted 03.03.2014 | Money
Teresa Ghilarducci

Take a guess; how many Americans earn $50 million or more per year? Answer: 199 earn a wage or salary of over $50 million a year which turns out to be about $117,000 daily. Why are these fellow Americans interesting?

Voters In Key States Really Don't Want Social Security Cut: Poll

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

A new survey looking at 10 key House and Senate districts found that voters there strongly oppose cutting Social Security benefits -- a stance that ma...

Budget Conference Provides an Excellent Opportunity to Carefully Examine Rep. Ryan's 'Entitlement' Proposals

Scott Lilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Paul Ryan has indicated that "entitlement reform" will be at the top of his agenda. Committee members should listen carefully to what he has to say and encourage him to provide more details than he has so far offered on how his proposed savings would be accomplished.

Dave Jamieson

Labor To Dems: We'll End Your Career If You Cut Social Security | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With fresh Capitol Hill budget battles on the horizon, the head of the leading labor federation planned to issue a blistering warning to...

Billionaires Against Social Security

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

America's very rich keep trying to start a movement among college students to blame senior citizens for the sorry state of the economy that kids will inherit. Specifically, the billionaires keep trying to scapegoat Social Security. The next generation, and the one after that, will have a shot at a decent life if we can get growth and a fairer distribution of earnings back on track. That project has nothing whatever to do with Social Security or the federal deficit. On the contrary, if we keep on the austerity kick and further cut social outlays that promote opportunities, growth will be even slower.

Zach Carter

Why Democrats Might Cave On Social Security Cuts | Zach Carter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday opened the door to Social Security cuts as part of a budget deal with congressional Republicans. But...

5 Reasons Why a Grand Bargain Would Be a Grand Betrayal

Ben Veghte | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

As it became clear during the first week of the shutdown that the president was not going to sacrifice access to quality health insurance for millions of Americans, Republicans realized they had to redraft their ransom note.

America's Retirement Security Crisis and the Need to Expand Social Security (Infographic)

Ben Veghte | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Here is an infographic that depicts the scope and magnitude of the retirement security crisis, and highlights the need to expand Social Security benefits to address it.

How To Get The Biggest Social Security Check

MoneyWatch | MELLODY HOBSON | Posted 09.18.2013 | Fifty

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only two-thirds of Americans have saved for retirement and most have saved less than $25,000. Th...

McConnell Accused Of 'Breaking A Promise'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee began running a new television ad Thursday attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Socia...