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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.

To Beat Romney-Ryan, Obama Must Embrace Bowles-Simpson

Ben Ritz | Posted 10.13.2012 | College
Ben Ritz

Paul Ryan's whole argument has been that "at least he has a plan." If Obama offers a plan to save Medicare and Social Security from themselves, create a better tax code, and balance the budget, Ryan's entire appeal would fall apart.

Jon Ward

Who Do 2 Conservative Writers Say Romney Should Pick For VP? | Jon Ward | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

Bill Kristol and Stephen Hayes caused a stir this week when they encouraged Mitt Romney to pick Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) a...

Say 'Obligations,' Not 'Entitlements'

Ken Allen | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Ken Allen

Responsible citizens should not hesitate to approach this subject with ferocity. "Obligations" is actually a weak term, for the obligations of which we are speaking are part of the social contract around which millions of people have built their lives.

Those (Us) Greedy Boomers

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Bill Keller seems to think that boomers, particularly affluent ones, should stop being so self-centered and accept lower benefits in Social Security and Medicare. But if that's your view, you shouldn't write a piece like his this week without pointing certain things out.

Another New York Times Columnist Attack on Social Security and Medicare

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Our health problems won't disappear just because government cuts out Medicare and Medicaid. But the costs of treating -- or not treating -- those health problems will now fall on us, individually, on our own, instead of aggregated through the mechanism of democracy.

Ryan Grim

What Half A Billion Dollars Buys You In Washington | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Peter Peterson, a Wall Street billionaire who has been calling for cuts to Social Security and other government programs for years, is h...

The War on Public Sector Workers

Dean Baker | Posted 06.16.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Welcome to the latest episode in the long-running battle to redistribute ever more income to the rich. Having already achieved great success in depressing the pay of workers throughout the private sector, the call is to cut the pay and benefits of workers in the public sector. Won't you join the cause?

What Sense of Entitlement?

Dan Bimrose | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

The apparent Republican goal to lower our worker's wage rates and benefits to a point where we are competitive with China's wage rates should not be what we strive for. This is America. We should use innovation to create new industries and new markets.

Why Do So Many Elites Hate Social Security?

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This week there was another big attack on Social Security by another elite. This time the attack comes from a columnist. These attacks never come from people who depend on these programs (i.e. almost all of us.) Why do the privileged elites hate Social Security so much?

Ryan Grim

AARP Plans Secret 'Salon' With Social Security Opponents | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The senior citizens lobby AARP on Monday will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called "You’ve Earned ...

Fiscal Affairs: Who's a Freeloader?

James Kwak | Posted 05.14.2012 | Business
James Kwak

If people realize that the government's principal activity is protecting them against long-term risks through programs that they already like, they may change their opinions of the government and their willingness to pay for it. We can all dream.

Under $2 a Day in America, Part 1

Arloc Sherman | Posted 05.05.2012 | Money
Arloc Sherman

Living on less than $2 per person a day is one World Bank definition of poverty for developing nations. Unfortunately, this threshold is increasingly relevant to the United States.

Liberal Group Blasts Hoyer Stance

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

Liberal grassroots group CREDO Action slammed House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Thursday for his calls to limit spending on Medicare, Medicai...

The Myth of the Out-of-Control Federal Government

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

My colleague at the Center, Richard Kogan, authored a wonderful summary of our new report tackling the question, "Are the Size and Reach of the Federa...

Social Programs Vs. Entitlements: Setting the Record Straight

Tom Murphy | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Millions of Americans have been hit hard by the economic downturn and are working hard to escape the trap of poverty. Mischaracterizing social welfare programs makes it hard to adequately understand and address these problems.

Entitlements Hysteria

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

One of the unshakable myths of the punditariat is that the federal government is going bankrupt because of entitlements spending, especially spending on Medicare and Medicaid. This is a stampede of unreason, contradicted by the facts.

The 2012 Question

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

People like those in Sunday's New York Times piece struggle with what to them seems like a contradiction: they want to think of themselves as self-sufficient and independent, yet when pushed, most recognize that they need the help.

A Strategic Insurance Policy for Self-Absorbed Rich People

Fred Goldring | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics
Fred Goldring

The top 1% should realize that it's actually in their own interests to take care of the bottom 99%.

The Republican Myth of Obama's "Entitlement Society"

Robert Reich | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Regressive Republicans pretend they're about opportunity. In reality they're back at what they've been doing for years -- promoting Social Darwinism.

Romney in the Safety Net Hot Seat

Meredith A. Bennett-Smith | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Meredith A. Bennett-Smith

I'd be more inclined to overlook the comment, ridiculous as it was, if Romney wasn't in fact campaigning on what could be described as a fairly anti-safety net platform. History is on my side here.

Dan Froomkin

The American Social Welfare State Means Relief For (Almost) Everybody | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has taken to accusing President Barack Obama of trying to turn the United States into a Eu...

Turning Off the Lights: Democracy in the Dark

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

There is no more dismal metaphor for America's abandonment of the public sphere than the decision by Highland Park, Michigan to rip up a swath of its street lights in the name of public parsimony.

Willard Mitt Romney Rails Against "Entitlement Society" -- That Takes Chutzpa

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

It really takes chutzpa for a guy who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth to rail against an "entitlement society." Mitt Romney is a guy who got his start in life the old-fashioned way -- he inherited it.

New Social Security Proposal Has Senior Groups Up In Arms

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Just as 55 million Social Security recipients are about to get their first benefit increase in three years, Congress is looking at ...