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Social Security Cuts

Getting the Most Out of Your Social Security Benefits

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Moving forward, Social Security must evolve to address the needs of lower-earning workers. However, future retirees can also take steps to ensure they have the resources to maintain their standard of living through old age.

We Need a New Deal For Millennials

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

What kind of society abandons its own young? What kind of society allows the generations in power to favor themselves over those who follow them, and then lets them claim they're doing it out of selflessness?

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.

Not Everyone In The GOP Wants To Cut Social Security

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

While the House GOP and conservative Democrats have been calling for Social Security spending to be reined in, a subset of Republicans has acknowledge...

The Mysterious World of DC Centrism vs. a Platform That Real Voters Would Like

Mike Lux | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

D.C. Centrism embraces what the political establishment, especially including the big special interests who tend to control this town, thinks is right, even when the vast majority of Americans are opposed to it.

Social Security And Medicare Face Major Hurdle

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. recovery slowly gathers steam, federal deficits are finally coming down from their nosebleed $1-trillion-plus heights. ...

Rep. David Cicilline Is Right About Social Security, PolitiFact Was Wrong (Again)

Ben Veghte | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

PolitiFact's judgment of Rep. Cicilline's statement as "Mostly False" demonstrates a lack of understanding of Social Security that would preclude most journalists from presuming to judge the truth of others' statements on the issue.

Don't Cut Social Security Benefits!

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The best anti-poverty program we have ever had just turned 78, and many in Congress as well as the president want to cut its essential benefits.

Cutting Social Security and Not Taxing Wall Street

Dean Baker | Posted 07.15.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

Wall Street excesses brought the economy to the brink of collapse. But now the Wall Street behemoths are bigger than ever and President Obama is looking to cut the Social Security benefits of retirees. That will teach the Wall Street boys to be more responsible in the future.

Let's Whip the GOP on Social Security

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

How to protect Social Security, in two easy steps: Step One: enlist an army. We've done that -- 3,000,000 people have signed petitions demanding "No ...

Ryan Grim

Republicans Tell Constituents They're Defending Social Security | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two House Republicans have told constituents they oppose proposed cuts to Social Security and veterans benefits by reducing the cost of ...

Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Split With Obama On Controversial Reform | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The majority of Senate Democrats running for reelection in 2014, including three running in red states, have broken with President Barac...

Why Is Chained CPI important? It's Not -- A Better Way to Fix Social Security

Susan Rhea | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

For the COLA, instead of an annual percent increase, which rewards some hugely and others not so much, we should determine a fixed amount of increase, and assign everyone that same increase.

Paul Blumenthal

Fix The Debt Campaign Caused Split With Think Tank | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Late in 2012, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), the leading organization promoting a grand budget bargain that incl...

Chained CPI Cuts Average Social Security Benefits by $15,615 - Even With Bump-Up for Older Retirees

Ben Veghte | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Seventy-seven million baby boomers have entered or are approaching retirement. Social Security will make up the bulk of the income most of these seniors will have at their disposal. As our private retirement system continues to underperform and Medicare premiums rise, cutting Social Security COLAs based on a false premise is bad policy.

Can the Left and Right Unite to Fight the "Cat Food Diet"?

Martin Berg | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Martin Berg

The Democratic base will face its own challenges. Is it prepared to fight the president and Democratic leadership that not so long ago it worked so hard to elect, and has defended so vociferously, despite growing income inequality and continuing high unemployment?

No Social Security Cuts

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Democrats should fight for jobs programs and pay equity for women, not fight to cut Social Security. Democrats should realize that when the winds of national opinion are at our back, it is folly to sail against these winds and disaster to downsize the legacy of our party.

Study Debunks GOP Talking Point On Immigration Reform

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 04.18.2013 | Business

As politicians grapple with the best way to deal with the soaring costs of Social Security, they might be interested to find out that pursuing compreh...

On Friday, Kill the #ChainedCPI Cut to Social Security & Veterans' Benefits

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The bipartisan deal we should be seeking would leave Social Security and veterans' benefits and taxes alone and cut the bloated Pentagon budget instead.

The Budget Speech Obama Didn't Give

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Fiscal conservatives around Obama have sold the president on the idea that nipping and tucking Social Security and Medicare is an easy way to get a lot of money, and doing it by the backdoor will entail a lower political cost to him. So far, he seems to have been proven wrong on all three assumptions. The Republicans haven't given an inch, the $270 billion in cuts undertaken so far this year under the January budget deal and the March sequester have cut the growth rate in half, and he is alienating core Democratic constituencies. One unanticipated benefit of Obama's stance is new, explicit pressure on Democratic House and Senate members, as well as candidates considering running for president in 2016, to pledge not to cut Social Security and Medicare. It would be so much better if this Democratic president were behaving as a progressive leader right now.

Michael McAuliff

WATCH: Liberals Hammer Obama | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A couple of days to think about President Barack Obama's proposal to cut Social Security hasn't done much to calm liberals furious about...

Ryan Grim

WATCH: Obama Vowed Never To Cut Social Security Cost-Of-Living | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

During the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama made two specific promises when it came to Social Security. "John McCain's campaign h...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Budget Divides Democrats | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's budget proposal divided House Democrats on Wednesday. The budget blueprint includes a Social Security benefi...

Obama's Failing Second Term Presidency

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Barack Obama decisively defeated Republicans in the 2012 election. But Republicans are successfully kicking his butt in the post election.

Cut Social Security to Destroy the Recovery

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Republican bargaining habit is well-established -- take Obama's "final" offer as the new starting point and demand further concessions. With this strategy, our president has let them take him to the cleaners for more than four years now, and is still hoping that sweet reasonableness will produce compromise. It never has and never will. If Democrats stand for anything, it is defense of Social Security and Medicare -- America's two most broadly beneficial and most beloved government programs -- and the president just gave away this last bit of product differentiation. In the past, Republicans have saved Obama from himself by refusing to consider any tax hikes. Now, I'm beginning to think, it's time for Democrats save him from himself. And the Democratic Party. And us.