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Dave Jamieson

More Revenues Must Be Part Of Deficit Deal: Obama Adviser

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics

A top adviser to President Barack Obama said Sunday that more revenue must be part of any long-term deficit deal that the administration strikes with ...

The Road Forward: Social Security And Medicare

A. Barry Rand | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
A. Barry Rand

We must address the future of Social Security as a separate debate, with the goal of strengthening it to help people achieve a secure retirement, not to reduce the budget deficit it did not cause.

Jon Ward

Obama Looks To Cut GOP's Spending Advantage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's first priority during his Monday press conference was to position himself for the debt ceiling showdown in Febr...

Complicated Politics: Democrats and the Grand Bargain

Mike Lux | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Even if you grant that the politics of the grand bargain idea are good for President Obama, they are poison for Democrats in Congress who have to run again in 2014 and 2016.

The Silent Majority Utilizes the Social Safety Net and Believes in It

Dan Lesser | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Dan Lesser

Right-wing think tanks will continue to decry people who receive benefits as "takers" and disparage safety net programs for "breeding a culture of dependency." But a solid majority of Americans, have had different life experiences and reject this view.

Republicans Should Listen to Gingrich

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While Newt Gingrich represents much that has been wrong with the Republican party for the last 20 years -- and is as responsible as anyone for the extreme partisanship in Washington today -- he has clearly learned some lessons from the past.

The Hoax of Entitlement Reform

Robert Reich | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Taming future deficits requires three steps having nothing to do with entitlements: Limiting the growth of overall healthcare costs, cutting our bloated military, and ending corporate welfare.

They're Wagging the Dog

Carl Gibson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Today, politicians are happily feeding a complicit media a made-up story about a "fiscal cliff" and a nation that is too broke to pay the bills. Don't believe the hype.

Social Security IOUs

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

Right-wingers describe Social Security as an "entitlement," meaning its beneficiaries receive public funds transferred from others. It's actually a pension plan, and the federal government is the trustee.

Friday Talking Points -- Merry Cliffmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Here is our 238th installment of valiantly attempting to get Democrats to occasionally speak with one voice, and not get lost in the weeds of rhetoric.

Ben White: Inside the Fiscal Cliff

92nd Street Y | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

POLITICO.com Chief Economic Correspondent, Ben White, recently spoke with us about the much anticipated fiscal cliff. White thinks the current stand ...

Let's Not Balance What Is True With What Is False

Annabel Park | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Annabel Park

When people say that we need a "balanced approach" to reducing our debt and being fiscally responsible, what I hear is: We need to balance what is good for the whole country with what is good for a few super wealthy and powerful people.

Selling Out America's Youth: An Open Letter to Alan Simpson

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

I've seen you on television chatting up your debt reduction proposal. And while you come across as a likable guy, your claim to be working on behalf of the next generation of young Americans is bogus. Here's why.

Let's Stop Talking About Red States and Blue States

Mark Rice | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Mark Rice

While demonizing whole states may feel good, it does little to illuminate the complex realities of American politics.

Pensions and Health Insurance for the Elderly Are Not Just 'Entitlements'

Alan Singer | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Words are contested terrain in political debate. The words we use to label issues and ideas shape how people think about them.

A Real Proposal to Strengthen Social Security

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

It's become an article of faith among certain "serious" people in Washington that any agreement to rein in deficits must include cuts to Social Security. I couldn't disagree more strongly.

Mr. Boehner: Be Not Afraid

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The holiday season is already upon us, but Congressional Republicans are not in a holiday mood. Because of their recalcitrance in the ongoing negotiations surrounding the pending fiscal crisis, they are on the verge of becoming the Grinch that stole America's economic recovery.

Is Health Care Part of the "Fairy Dust" Talk About the Fiscal Cliff?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

I'm getting really tired of the hysteria over this so-called, somewhat media created, "fiscal cliff." But I do think we are in for some changes in health care as a result of the discussions going on in Washington so here's what you should expect.

Dave Jamieson

Fiscal Cliff Protestors To Picket Social Security Offices Nationwide

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive and labor groups plan to picket outside a hundred Social Security offices around the country on Wednesday, telling lawmakers...

Why Democrats Should Embrace "Entitlement Reform"

Carl Gibson | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

If Republicans want their political opponents to promise them something, the only promise we should make is this -- the Republican Party won't be rendered completely irrelevant until after the 2014 midterms. Deal?

Families and Fiscal Cliffs in This Holiday Season

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

As discussions swirl around Washington on tax rates, entitlement "reform," and discretionary spending cuts, it seems all too easy to forget that real people will suffer if the wrong decisions are made in the next several weeks.

Zach Carter

10 Ways Obama, Congress Could Cut U.S. Budget Without Raising Income Taxes Or Slashing Entitlements

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just about every policy lawmakers are considering for a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff would involve either raising individual...

The New Deal

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's going to be pain all around in whatever deal is struck. Most Americans are going to be directly impacted in one way or another by whatever bargain is made between President Obama and congressional Republicans.

Ian Gray

Alan Simpson, As A Senator, Said Social Security Benefits Should Not Be Cut

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Crucial Disconnect Hinders Fiscal Cliff Progress

Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Republicans' newfound willingness to consider tax increases to avert the "fiscal cliff" comes ...