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Retirement Age 65.. .67? No... 75! What Retirement?

Martin Shapiro | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Martin Shapiro

The so called 'retirement age' is nominally thought to be 65 years old, but to get your full Social Security benefit the age is inching up each couple of months to 67 for those born in 1960 or later. And who knows where it will go from there?

Social Security: What Is At Stake? Why Now?

Robert E. Prasch | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Prasch

For the second time in little over a year, the Obama Administration has made a pre-emptive offer to change the formula for adjusting Social Security's Cost of Living Adjustment formula as part of a "Grand Bargain." What is at stake?

Social Security: Secure with Obama?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Republicans handed Obama a tactical victory when they agreed to extend the payroll tax cut on Obama's terms. But maybe it's Democrats who've set themselves a trap. What if the president's partisan victory is actually hollow?

Senator Rubio's Fact-Phobic Social Security Speech

Merton Bernstein | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Merton Bernstein

Senator Rubio's recent speech on Social Security was political fun and games. If we take it as serious analysis and policy prescription, millions of Americans and the economy would pay a terrible price.

Washington Post Budget Hocus Pocus

Merton and Joan Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Merton and Joan Bernstein

The media continues to ignore the fact that Social Security does not and, indeed, cannot add to the federal deficit: It is permitted to pay benefits only to the extent it has funds on hand and is prohibited from borrowing.

A Novel Idea: Social Security for All

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

Social Security alone is not enough to provide a stable, poverty-free retirement for many Americans.

Fiscal Commission Mistakenly Targets Social Security for Cuts

Merton and Joan Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Merton and Joan Bernstein

Misinformation and misunderstanding, much of it deliberate, continues to fuel the mistaken notion that we can pare the federal deficit by trimming Social Security.