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Social Security Reform

Social Security Reform Is the Key to the Debt Ceiling Debate

Robert Pozen | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Pozen

Congress should combine a generous Savers Credit with a progressive plan to eliminate the long-term deficit of Social Security. This may be the most politically feasible way to make a big dent in the long-term federal deficit.

Minorities Will Be the Biggest Casualties of Social Security Battle

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The GOP and President Obama will battle over how to slash Social Security. And, as always, the biggest casualties of that battle will be those who rely on Social security the most.

If the Democrats Lose the Senate Our Retirement Is Toast

Jane White | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Jane White

With the election only 17 months away, time's a wasting, because you can only withdraw around $400 a month from a $120,000 nest egg without running out of money.

AARP Dropping Opposition To Cutting Social Security Benefit

The Wall Street Journal | Laura Meckler | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

AARP, the powerful lobbying group for older Americans, is dropping its longstanding opposition to cutting Social Security benefits, a move that could ...

Who WIll Care For Us?

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion
Dr. Cindi Love

My first message to our elected officials is to quit using our money and time to demonize gay people and get on with the important work of building effective service delivery systems for our people who need help.

Confused Thinking on Social Security

Jagadeesh Gokhale | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business
Jagadeesh Gokhale

Is Social Security a program that is independent of the federal budget ("off budget") or one that is intimately linked to the federal budget (the "unified budget" perspective)?

Government: Bad Economy Has Shortened Life Of Social Security, Medicare


WASHINGTON — The bad economy is worsening the already-shaky finances of Medicare and Social Security, draining the trust funds supporting them f...

Amanda Terkel

'Gang Of Six' May Go After Social Security | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The bipartisan "gang of six" may recommend changes to Social Security as part of its deficit-reduction plan, even though some Democrats ...

On Social Security, Beware the False Progressives

Daniel Marans | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

Halloween has come early this year for Wall Street Democrats, who are busy disguising their plans to gut Social Security as "progressive."

Lockboxes and Lunchboxes: Krauthammer vs. Social Security

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Charles Krauthammer wants you to know two things: There's no "lockbox" for Social Security and there's no such thing as a free lunch. He's wrong about Social Security, but first things first: Let's do lunch.

Social Security: It's All in the Adjectives

Eric Laursen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Laursen

People who want to cut Social Security benefits to lower future budget deficits are "reasonable" and "serious." People who oppose balancing the budget on the back of Social Security recipients, on the other hand, are "maddening," "crackpot," and "strident."

Sam Stein

Obama's Social Security Stance | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Perhaps the one element of President Obama's budget proposal that pleased progressives the most was the one that didn't actually make it...

Elise Foley

Republicans Respond To Obama Budget: 'It Would Be Better To Pass Nothing' | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans bashed the president's budget proposal on Monday, calling it a punt down the road for the nation's deficit and criticizing O...

Strong Social Security Is Central to the Latino Community's Future

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hector E. Sanchez

There is overwhelming support among the majority of Americans for strengthening Social Security. Latinos, in particular, understand the importance of such action.

Can Harry Be a Hero?

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

The question is whether Reid will keep up his spirited defense of Social Security or whether he will buckle to the pressure from the financial industry and the Washington insiders.

Arthur Delaney

Elderly Poverty Jumps According To Census Bureau's Alternative Research Measurement | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Less than ten percent of the nation's 38 million elderly people are living in poverty, according to the official statistics. But once medical care and...

Bushwhacking Obama: Conservatives Call for "Fixing" Social Security

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Former Bush policy advisor Michael Gerson echoes a growing chorus of conservative pundits in offering up "Social Security reform" as "the answer to Obama's problems." The advice is illogical on its face.

It's Time to Protect and Strengthen Social Security, Not Undermine It

Gara LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gara LaMarche

Widespread claims that Social Security can't pay its bills, or that the trust fund will be depleted by the time today's children are ready to collect their benefits, are false. To the contrary, it's one of the most successful social programs of all time.

Scoring a Fiscal and Social Win-Win

David Bank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Bank

As policymakers tackle the national debt, they should invest in a national asset: the talent of older adults seeking to put their experience to work in their encore careers.

Social Security Cuts Would Begin Quickly Under Deficit Reduction Plans

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

It's hard to see why cuts in Social Security should be included in whatever cure we decide to take for the federal budget deficit.

Does Social Security Have WMD?

Brad Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Miller

Social Security, and the long-term deficit are completely distinct. Proposing to "reform" Social Security because of long-term deficits is like invading Iraq because Afghanistan attacked us.

Sam Stein

First Salvo In Social Security Fight: $20 Million Campaign Launched With Bayh, Conrad As Allies | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In what may be the first major move of the forthcoming Social Security debate, the Peterson Foundation launched on Tuesday a $20 million...

Will Social Security Be There for Today's Young Workers?

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

Social Security isn't going bankrupt -- far from it. The system was intended -- and has always been -- a pay-as-you-go system, with taxes collected from workers used to pay current retirees.

The Best Generic Speech Ever

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

Thank you ladies, gentlemen, and prospective donors, remote viewing audiences, readers, and tweeters, for joining me standing, sitting, lying here as your candidate for elected office, civic duty, greased chute to Swellsville.

Dan Froomkin

Medicare Gets New Lease On Life; Social Security Remains Healthy | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The new health care law has significantly improved the prognosis for Medicare, extending the life of its trust fund by 12 years until 2029, and thereb...