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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.

The New Payroll Tax Holiday Has Kicked In -- Did You Notice?

Reid Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reid Cramer

By this point in the year, almost everybody with a job has gotten a paycheck. Did you notice the latest tax cut brought to you by President Obama?

Can We Please Stop Talking About the Social Security Trust Fund?

Eric Schurenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Schurenberg

Nothing get clicks from seniors like a scary story about Social Security, and the Associate Press supplied a real granny-grabber last week.

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.

Veterans Advocates Reject Debt Commission's You're On Your Own Economics

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

At a time when we strive to honor generations of service, the Debt Commissions comes out with draconian cuts that will have drastic consequences for veterans and military families. They must be stopped.

A Look at the Military Budget Through Social Security Eyes

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Unlike Social Security, the military budget has never generated revenue to pay for itself. We just pay it out of our taxes.

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.

Cold Case File: Who Shot Down a 70-Year-Old Attack on Social Security?

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

How did we reach such a state of confusion about the solvency of Social Security? Actuaries deal in probabilities and statistics. What were the odds we'd be so confused in 2010?

Social Security Turns 75, Starts Cadging From the Kids

Eric Schurenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Schurenberg

Unless taxes rise or benefits fall, the system will operate at a deficit this year and next, return to a surplus through 2014, then sink back below the surface in 2015 and never come up.

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.

The Trust Fund and the Baby Boom

Joe Minarik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joe Minarik

Recently, I suggested a legislative deal in which repair of Social Security's finances would motivate Congress to enact economic stimulus.

Don't Panic! Social Security will be there for you.

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashley B. Carson

This week the New York Times decided to scare the bejeezus out of everyone by publishing several articles with slanted statements about Social Securit...

No Diet COLA for Seniors -- Fight the Freeze and Save Social Security

Marcy Winograd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcy Winograd

If we accept the 2010 COLA freeze, if seniors fail to grab their bullhorns, then we may be looking at another freeze in 2012, 2013 and beyond, while the Right continues to hammer away at the big lie -- that we cannot afford Social Security.

Social Security: The Red Ink Starts Next Year

Eric Schurenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Schurenberg

In case there was any doubt that Social Security won't be able to keep the promises it's making to anyone younger than, say, 55, the CBO now projects that Social Security will start operating at a deficit next year.

Acting Like a Governor

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

The candidates have been campaigning for two years and have engaged in dozens of debates. However, the budget problem facing the next president has not been mentioned.