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Social Security Privatization

Chained CPI Out of Obama Budget! Victory for the New Populists

Roger Hickey | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

We have truly reached a tipping point. Recurrently Americans have joined together in a populist movement to advance the interests of "the people" against "the elite." Today, after many years of struggle, that new populist movement is rising to defend and expand Social Security. And the politicians had better lead or get out of the way.

Tell Your Senators to Defend Social Security and Medicare Today

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This week two Senate budget amendments could affect the future of everybody reading these words -- presuming we live long enough to reach our retirement years. That's not an overstatement.

Increasing Social Security Benefits: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The concept of increasing Social Security has been around for a while. Strengthen Social Security, a coalition of 320 groups, reviewed the program's ability to meet current and future needs and concluded that benefits should be increased rather than cut.

Risky Business

Richard C. Leone | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business
Richard C. Leone

It's common to cite Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as cushioning the burdens of old age and providing access to otherwise unaffordable health care. But how often do we think of them as protecting our backs in an uncertain, risky, and rapidly changing global economy?

Can Democrats Retake the House in 2014?

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

The pundits will be predicting doom and gloom for sure. Not only did we fail to win the House back in a good Democratic year, they will remind us, but in the sixth year of a presidency the president's party almost always loses seats.

Let's All Panic About Deficits Now

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.25.2012 | Business

Thing One: Economy To Be Sacrificed To Angry Deficit God: Great news, something is probably going to be done about the federal budget deficit soon. Wh...

Matt Sledge

Biden On Social Security: Debate Answer Gets Mixed Reviews, Question Called 'Outrageous'

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- While President Barack Obama was forced to do damage control after he said there was no daylight between him and Republican presidential n...

Dems Revive Major Bush-Era Battle

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democrats are eagerly renewing their fight against privatizing Social Security now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romn...

New Ad Accuses Republican Senate Candidate Of Gambling With Seniors' Retirement Plans

The Huffington Post | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics

A new ad released Monday by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee accuses Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) of endangering senio...

"President Ryan": Another Shrewd Move in the Corporate State's Long Game

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If Obama's re-elected and we're still suffering in 2016, as now seems likely, our "electable extremist" Paul Ryan will be in the perfect position to become the next President. Heads we win, says Corporate America, and tails you lose.

Not Saving Social Security, Again

William O'Rourke | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
William O'Rourke

The anti-Social Security privatizers, through their various "think tanks" and talking heads, have spread so much misinformation about the program over the last three decades, it is no surprise that so many people are confused.

Gingrich's Social Security Plan: Privatize Gains, Socialize Losses

Robert Pozen | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Robert Pozen

You can't have it both ways: you cannot allow individuals to take on more risk while retaining the absolute safety net of Social Security.

Gingrich Gambling On Unorthodox Stands

AP | By CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich, a political gambler his whole life, is banking on unorthodox stands on immigration, Social Security and other issues to p...

Newt Gingrich Makes Shocking Comment On Child Labor Laws

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called child labor laws "stupid" Friday in an appearance at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. ...

On Social Security, Romney Just As Dangerous As Other GOP Candidates

Scott Hochberg | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Scott Hochberg

As much as Romney wants to play Social Security's savior to Perry's menace, the truth is that there's really not much separating the two at all.

Jordan Howard

Paul Ryan Backs Up Rick Perry: Social Security Is A Ponzi Scheme

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking on conservative radio on Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) agreed with Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) claim that Social Security is...

How Much Would a White House/GOP Social Security Deal Cost You?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the President and his party accept a proposed "chained CPI" benefit cut, they -- and not their opponents -- are likely to be painted as "Social Security slashers."

Republicans Call To Privatize Social Security

The Hill | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics

House Republicans on Friday introduced legislation that would allow workers to partially opt out of Social Security immediately, and fully opt out aft...

Why Any Deal to Cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid Would be a Moral, Economic and Political Disaster

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Those who wring their hands about the long-term budget deficit act as if the deficit problem is intractable, and conveniently forget that only a decade ago President Clinton left office with federal surpluses as far as the eye could see.

Amanda Terkel

Alan Simpson: Deficit Reduction Proposals Are A 'Sparrow Belch In The Midst Of The Typhoon'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former senator Alan Simpson, who co-chaired President Obama's debt commission, blasted lawmakers for refusing to take on Medicare, Medic...

How Democrats Can Win Back Seniors

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

It is up to the Democratic Party -- the party that brought us Social Security and Medicare -- to do better, to stand proudly and confidently behind a broad, positive agenda that is good for Americans of all ages.

A Collegial Question for Peter Orszag (and Alan Simpson, and Alice Rivlin, and... )

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

I'd like to pose this question to everyone who has proposed cutting Social Security benefits: Why are you against this simple, clean, and popular idea? It's a sincere question. I'd really like to know.

So You Want to Privatize

Rep. Jim McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim McDermott

Republicans aren't resurrecting Bush's Social Security privatization plan verbatim; instead, they've dressed up his policies in new clothing, hoping the American people simply won't notice.

Welcome Back, George W. Bush!

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

George Bush, Republican icon, is the gift that keeps on giving. He's returned, on a silver platter for Democrats, telling voters that his greatest failure while president was not privatizing Social Security!

Privatizing Social Security: Haven't We Seen This Movie Before?

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

The Republicans continue to ignore all the facts about Social Security and plan to radically change a program that provides economic security and peace of mind to millions of Americans.