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Boosting Social Security Benefits

Max Richtman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Max Richtman

Momentum continues to build inside and outside the halls of Congress to reverse course on the single-minded quest to cut Social Security benefits which has dominated our political discourse for years.

Women's Economic Security Depends on Raising the Wage and Expanding Social Security

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Seven out of 10 Americans support increasing the minimum wage, and a full three out of four support expanding Social Security. For the women of today, and of the generations that will follow, it's time to act.

Retired? Planning to Retire? Let's Talk About Your Taxes and Keeping More of Your Money

Mark Steber | Posted 03.06.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

You worked long and hard to save that retirement money. Now is the time to be wise about paying the least amount of taxes you can and keep all that you can.

Expanding Social Security; Good Policy and Good Politics

Jonathan Voss | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Voss

As the economy improves, retirement security will become a dominant economic issue, a key component of closing the gap between rich and poor and ensuring a strong middle class.

Patience Is a Virtue: How to Make up to 76 Percent More in Retirement

Donna M. Butts | Posted 02.26.2014 | Money
Donna M. Butts

Co-authored by Virginia Reno Patience is a virtue. In the case of Social Security, it can also translate to a higher retirement benefit. Up to 7...

Arthur Delaney

Obama To Drop Social Security Cut From Budget

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama will not include cuts to Social Security and other earned-benefit programs in his upcoming budget, the White House confi...

MyRAs -- the New Social Security?

Terry Savage | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Terry Savage

The president has proposed a new type of retirement savings account. It would be an individual account, guaranteed by the government, offered through employers and available to lower income workers to give them security in retirement.

Why Are Most Latinos Not Prepared for Retirement?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 03.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Yes, we sure like to work. It's unfortunate, then, that so many Hispanics who reach old age have nothing to show for it.

Who Stops Paying Social Security Taxes After Today?

Teresa Ghilarducci | Posted 03.03.2014 | Money
Teresa Ghilarducci

Take a guess; how many Americans earn $50 million or more per year? Answer: 199 earn a wage or salary of over $50 million a year which turns out to be about $117,000 daily. Why are these fellow Americans interesting?

America's Jump From Economic Crisis to Retirement Crisis

Max Richtman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Max Richtman

Three decades of stagnant middle-class incomes, disappearing pensions, limited ability to start and maintain personal savings, and the failure of the 401K experiment lay the foundation for a retirement crisis that could further threaten millions of older Americans and their families.

Why the Denial About the Retirement Crisis?

Jane White | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Jane White

The only thing more frustrating than the media's refusal to cover America's retirement crisis is that the trade group for the mutual funds who manage 401(k) assets continues to insist that the crisis doesn't exist.

Contradictions: Medicare and the Social Security Administration

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Lawrence D. Elliott

Imagine yourself in this situation. You're in your mid-40s. You've worked hard all of your life. Then, you acquire a serious health condition. Your savings are wiped out. You're forced to go onto disability. You lose your modest home.

Centrist Dem Think Tank Admits Warren's Influence

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy and a co-founder of Third Way, said Friday morning that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) backing of a p...

Warren: Help The Middle Class 'Retire With Dignity'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who backed an expansion of Social Security this week, said on MSNBC Wednesday that increased benefits would help a mi...

Voters In Key States Really Don't Want Social Security Cut: Poll

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

A new survey looking at 10 key House and Senate districts found that voters there strongly oppose cutting Social Security benefits -- a stance that ma...

Michael McAuliff

Elizabeth Warren: Expand Social Security

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) threw her increasingly high-profile name behind expanding Social Security benefits instead of reducing t...

How Divorce Can Affect Your Social Security

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

You'll be happy to know that for the most part, Social Security provides divorced spouses benefits just like they do spouses, if you meet the government's requirements. Here's how it works.

Do You Know Your Rights? Same-Sex Couples and Social Security

Max Richtman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Max Richtman

Too many of those benefits have already been lost in a system that, until now, treated same-sex couples as second-class citizens. That's all about to change and we're proud to help northern California lead the way.

Break the Budget Impasse - A Tax Cut that Raises Revenue

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

House Republicans have said they just want a "little something" from the Democrats in order to sign a clean debt limit bill. They want some kind of sp...

Bad News For Social Security Recipients

AP | Posted 12.13.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expe...

5 Reasons Why a Grand Bargain Would Be a Grand Betrayal

Ben Veghte | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

As it became clear during the first week of the shutdown that the president was not going to sacrifice access to quality health insurance for millions of Americans, Republicans realized they had to redraft their ransom note.

GOP Should Shut Down the Chained CPI

Max Richtman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Max Richtman

Given the economy's slow rebound, is this really their plan to strengthen America? Is there any community which can afford to lose millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs over the next decade?

America's Retirement Security Crisis and the Need to Expand Social Security (Infographic)

Ben Veghte | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Here is an infographic that depicts the scope and magnitude of the retirement security crisis, and highlights the need to expand Social Security benefits to address it.

How Republicans Can Win the Shutdown Showdown

Eli Lehrer | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

By making some reasonable demands of the Obama administration, Republicans in Congress could turn a likely defeat into a very real victory for themselves in the country.

How To Get The Biggest Social Security Check

MoneyWatch | MELLODY HOBSON | Posted 09.18.2013 | Fifty

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only two-thirds of Americans have saved for retirement and most have saved less than $25,000. Th...