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Arthur Delaney

Democrats Push Tax-The-Rich Plan For Social Security Solvency | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As congressional Republicans push a wish-list budget that would dramatically cut government safety net programs, their Democratic counte...

Another Social Security Red Herring?

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 02.26.2015 | Money
Bobbie Brinegar

What do you buy someone for Social Security Payroll Tax Freedom Day? Nothing they can't buy for themselves! That's because the 'holiday' is the day the top one percent of Americans finish paying their annual Social Security payroll taxes.

Igor Bobic

Rand Paul: Disability Insurance Wasted On People With Anxiety And Back Pain | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday began a two-day tour through New Hampshire, the first Republican primary state, where where he offered up a heap o...

Arthur Delaney

Senate Democrats Oppose Social Security Rule | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Democrats in the U.S. Senate came out against a rule Monday that blocks Congress from shifting Social Security funds to preve...

The Social Security 2013 Trustees Report Is Out... But What Does It Mean for People With Disabilities? Eight Things You Need to Know

Donna Meltzer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Donna Meltzer

Here are 8 things you need to know about the 2013 Trustees Report and what it means for people with disabilities.

Social Security Isn't Dead

Harlan Green | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Social Security isn't dead, or even dying in spite of the prediction by the Social Security Trustees that it will no longer be able to pay full benefi...

What's Wrong With Social Security?

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

For 58 million Americans, the Social Security system works satisfactorily. Therefore, many were surprised when President Obama suggested a fix, using the chained CPI for the cost-of-living adjustment. What's wrong with the Social Security system?

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...

Krugman: 'Your Facts Are False'

Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

Paul Krugman accused a Republican Senator of trying to have a debate with all the wrong facts. During a heated Roundtable discussion on “This We...

The Myth of Social Security's Insolvency

Fred Lundgren | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

It is time for all top wage earners and all the other Social Security mythmakers to put away their bad ideas and silence their propaganda for the real good of America.

Social Security Is Not the Problem

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Now is the right time for a discussion about the deficit and debt, but Social Security does not contribute to either, and so cuts to the program should be off the table. Any discussion of Social Security's finances should take place separately from discussions of the federal debt.

Good News: The Payroll Tax Cut Is Now Part of the Tax Debate

Chuck Marr | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Chuck Marr

One of the most troubling aspects of the current tax debate has been that policymakers have almost completely ignored the about-to-expire payroll tax cut. Not any more.

Open Letter to President Obama: Election Mandate to Govern for the Common Good of 99%, Not the Greed of 1%

Michele Swenson | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Michele Swenson

The "Grand Bargain" promoted by Wall St. is in reality the "Great Betrayal" of the people who elected you. You, not Republicans, won a mandate to stand for people.

Will Someone Please Increase My Taxes!?

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

Wouldn't it be great if the Congress that exacerbated our current situation were held responsible for their grade school behavior which brought on our current financial situation, paying higher taxes until things right themselves, even if it's after some get voted out of office?

Social Security Trust Fund Exhaustion: A Moving Target

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

When the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare programs release their annual reports, one of the first thing folks look for is whether the life of the trust funds that finance these retirement security programs have been extended or reduced. Well, the reports came out on Monday, and the key takeaway from where I sit is that these remain critically important programs whose future can and should be ensured by policy actions designed to enable both programs to continue to provide retirement security for generations to come. As with so much else in our fiscal and economic landscape these days, the best thing to do in the near term is everything we can to get the recession behind us and get back on a stronger growth path.

Preserving Social Security

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

Social Security is the most successful program in our nation's history. It is not in crisis. With sensible steps, like those in my legislation, we can make the program stronger and ensure greater financial security in retirement for generations to come.

Mitt Romney's Anti-Social Stance on Social Security

Cliff Schecter | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Mitt Romney, tribune of the people, still doesn't seem to get a simple concept: Social Security is popular. With everybody. And particularly with olde...

Gutting Social Security Would Devastate Blacks and Hispanics

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Any tweak, reduction, or downsize of Social Security would virtually guarantee that the economic pain to blacks and Hispanics would be unimaginable.

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.

Debt Madness Was Always About Killing Social Security

Robert Scheer | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What should have been an uneventful moment in which lawmakers make good on the nation's contractual obligations has instead been seized upon by Republican hypocrites to settle ideological scores.

Debt Roulette

Michael Brenner | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The grim truth at the center of the debt ceiling and budget debate is that American wage earners have been played for fools and now are about to be victimized yet again -- by President Obama, by Congress, by our political class, by the media, by Washington's policy intellectuals who all have observed omertá about the coming cuts. This is a harsh judgment. But it is one that conforms to our sad reality. The game of debt roulette going on in the Capitol not only plays fast and loose with the solvency of the United States; it also has coerced the country into silent acquiescence in the rollback of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century.

Arthur Delaney

AARP Willing To Negotiate On Social Security Retirement Age | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's leading advocate for senior citizens says that it hasn't wavered in its opposition to cutting Social Security benefits, tho...

3 Things Everyone Knows About Social Security That Aren't True

Eric Schurenberg | Posted 07.19.2011 | Business
Eric Schurenberg

Now, there are good reasons to be angry about how Congress has handled Social Security. But the popular narrative about the raid on the trust fund isn't one of them. Because the story isn't quite true.

Republicans' Next Attack on the Middle Class: Pay Wall Street First if Debt Ceiling Not Raised

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

What would be the value of holding U.S. government obligations with Toomey playing Russian roulette with the economy? His proposal is not only mean-spirited, it is also unworkable.

A Comedy of Errors

Heidi Hartmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heidi Hartmann

Jay Leno's recent comments echo a common theme in the mainstream media's coverage of Social Security: Social Security is in crisis. It's time for this false assertion to be challenged.