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Social Security Privatization

Social Security: Almost Half The Public Uncomfortable With Phasing Out For Private Accounts

Think Progress | Zaid Jilani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A recently-released Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll surveyed Americans on a variety of issues, including their views on the country's direction, the...

Alan Simpson: Totally Lucky He's Not a Democrat

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It's strange that the administration is defending a man who seems hellbent on slashing benefits while co-chairing Obama's Catfood Commission.

Intemperate, Ignorant, Uncivil, Unqualified: Why Alan Simpson Must Go

Eric Kingson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Kingson

Former Senator Alan Simpson should be removed from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. And so should Social Security, but f...

'A Milk Cow With 310 Million Tits'

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

I've been saying for a while now that the real threat to Social Security isn't just the privatization hawks like Pete Peterson or retirement age exper...

The Looming Battle Over Social Security

David Coates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coates

Social Security as we know it will need to be actively defended in the months ahead by those of us who deny the validity of the conservative claims. The question will be how?

The Myth of the Social Security Crisis

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Any sane cost-benefit analysis shows that Social Security has been a remarkable success. There is no reason to doubt that it can continue to perform that function decades into the future.

Social Security at 75: Don't Mess With Success

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

For three-quarters of a century, Social Security has been the foundation of a secure retirement in America. Rather than dismantle it, we should work to strengthen the program for the next 75 years. You don't mess with success.

Lessons from FDR: When the Right Cries Wolf, Bite Back

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The fight over Social Security isn't really about old-age insurance; rather, it is a place-holder for broader concerns. The fight is about what kind of country we want to be and what values we consider most important.

What Is the First Rule for Democratic Success in November?

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The first rule for Democratic success this November is the immutable iron law of politics: if you're on the defense you're losing. Who ever is on the offensive almost always wins elections.

Here Comes Wall Street's Attack on Social Security

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Miller

Former CEO of Lehman Bros. convenes a fiscal summit for aggressive cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits. In a hard times economy, we need to protect Social Security's future.

Carville and Rove Duke It Out at Radio City Music Hall

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

Instead of getting Ali and Frazier, the crowd braced itself for a confrontation between Carville -- "The Ragin' Cajun," and Rove -- "The Boy Genius." There was drama and theatrics galore.

Is Independent Thought Extinct in America?

Leslie Weise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Weise

Being forcibly removed for the mere possibility of having a difference of opinion was, to say the least, frightening and disturbing

Ryan Grim

Obama Angers GOP By Brushing Over Social Security | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The GOP liked a lot of what it heard in President Obama's address Tuesday night about deficit reduction and personal responsibility. But Republicans ...

Social Security Privatization Causes Tussle Between Dodd, Bernanke (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Julie Satow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A highlight of Tuesday's hearing with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was a 27-second exchange with Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking C...

The AP Hands Obama His #1 Talking Point for the Second Presidential Debate

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

Just hours before Obama and McCain meet in a Town Hall debate, the Associated Press has moved a story that screams: "Retirement Accounts Have Lost $2 Trillion."

McCain's Social Security Plan Puts Americans at Risk

Ron Grande | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ron Grande

The current ups and downs in the market have revealed that a social security system with private accounts invested the way McCain suggests would be subject to any volatility in the markets.

S&P 500 Down 14% Since Bush Took Office -- So Much For Social Security Privatization

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

If Social Security privatization was in effect when Bush was sworn-in, retirees who invested in the broader market would have seen their nest egg down 14 percent over the last seven-plus years.

Social Security Privatization: McCain's Achilles Heel?

LA Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was a spectacular flop: a president making dozens of fruitless trips around the country to build support for a plan his own party's leadership refu...

Jason Linkins

Media Struggles To Report On Flaws Of Social Security Privatization | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Amid the news of "Bailouts, bailouts, bailouts!" comes word that John McCain has started flirting with the reanimation of one of his predecessor's zom...

McCain's Ignorance about Social Security Is the Real "Disgrace"

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

McCain and Bush are like two peas in a pod. They're the same on the economy. They're the same on Iraq. And they're the same on Social Security.

John McCain Supports Private Accounts For Social Security

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Bill Bennett's radio show yesterday, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina -- who is currently a leading economic adviser to Sen. John McCain (R...