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In Vogue: Boosting Social Security

Max Richtman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Max Richtman

For too long, Washington's fiscal hawks and conservative ideologues have monopolized the conversation about our nation's safety net programs. Their misleading messages and PR campaigns are designed to undermine public confidence in the Social Security program.

Ian Gray

Alan Simpson, As A Senator, Said Social Security Benefits Should Not Be Cut | Ian Gray | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), an outspoken proponent of cutting Social Security who has referred to it as a "ponzi" scheme, has not always been s...

Happy Birthday, Social Security! Now About Your Gift...

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Today, August 14, is Social Security's 77th birthday. That presents us with a difficult challenge: What do you give a government program that has everything... except a secure future of its own? Let's take a look at the options for this year's celebration.

Will Democrats Embrace American Austerity? Crash This Party and See

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Maybe your invitation to billionaire Pete Peterson's "Fiscal Summit" got lost in the mail. Or maybe they really, really didn't want you there.

Dick Durbin: Sacrificing Social Security, Recovery?

Curtis Black | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Now that the debt ceiling crisis is behind us, it's time to take a look at Senator Durbin's role in shifting the debate away from the jobs crisis and legitimizing attacks on Social Security.

The Social Security/Medicare "Crisis" Is Really a Choice - Between the Middle Class and the Wealthy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We're being told that there's a "crisis" and we can no longer afford the middle-class American dream. The truth is the opposite: Our worst long-term problems aren't caused by the middle class, but by politicians who sacrifice the middle class for wealthy interests.

Alice In Medicareland: One Voucher Makes You Larger...

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.06.2011 | Comedy
Richard (RJ) Eskow

"If I had a world of my own," said Alice, "everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't." Th...

No Social Security Cuts in the State of the Union?

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

News that Obama won't cut Social Security is at the very least a temporary victory for all concerned, one that gives the public more time to make its voice heard. That's good news. But the fight is far from over.

We Don't Need Your Help "Saving" Social Security

Monique Morrissey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Monique Morrissey

"No more benefit cuts" is actually a middle-ground position, since benefits were already cut back in the last Social Security overhaul in 1983. Under normal circumstances, Democrats should be seeking to reverse the 1983 cuts, not add to them.

Deficit Commission's Rumored Deal Would Pit Middle-Class Seniors Against the Poor

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

The new proposal would pit middle-class seniors against the elderly poor, forcing them to compete for a stripped-down pool of dollars. The end result would be to cut the most stable and successful program in the Federal government's history.

Now We Know What Public Wants - Get Candidates On The Record

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF. Tomorrow is the 75th birth...

Republicans and the "Left" Agree: Defending Social Security Is a Political Winner

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

A new poll shows overwhelming support for a progressive political agenda not unlike the one described by President Obama last year as a "New Foundation" for growth.

If We Put 10 Million Americans Back to Work, That Social Security "Shortfall" Would Disappear

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

Why aren't those who profess such concern about Social Security's fiscal soundness pushing for more stimulus spending? Could it be because their real concern isn't protecting Social Security?

Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young to Die Ruin Social Security

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

Don't Fear the Boomers. Despite the scaremongers' attempts to incite generational war, people born between 1946 and 1964 are not going to destroy Social Security. But don't just take my word for it. Ask an actuary.

Come on Down -- It's Time to Play "Social Security Survivor"!

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

Some deficit cutters will promise that lower-income people will not see benefit cuts. But any cuts will break the covenant under which workers have paid payroll taxes for a lifetime. And the question remains: Where will you cut?

Forget Teddy Roosevelt! If the Rich Pay, Everybody Pays

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

There's a new undercurrent in Washington debate, an unstated drive to undo the bipartisan consensus that's governed American policy for a century. The old belief that greater fortune brings greater responsibility is under attack.

Which Side Are You On? Alice Rivlin and the Wall Street Bailout King, or Social Security?

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

There's only one problem with the argument that Social Security spending "drives out" education and other budget items: Those aging people have paid into a self-sustaining program for their entire working lives.