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Social Security Reform

Congressman John Larson's Important Plan to Expand Social Security

Eric Kingson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Eric Kingson

In the last month alone, three bills expanding Social Security have been introduced. The three add to a growing number which see Social Security as the solution to a looming retirement income crisis.

Social Security Benefits Made Easy - Part 3

Jay Lickus | Posted 10.04.2014 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

Today, Baby Boomers, we start to dig into the meat and potatoes of the Social Security system.

Affordable Universal Healthcare and Social Security

Harry L. Langer | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Harry L. Langer

Universal Healthcare and Livable Social Security are essential to save our states, cities, public authorities and public education from the crippling and bankrupting burdens of healthcare and pensions and for economic recovery and national prosperity.

Jason Linkins

Third Way Warns Democrats That Running On Popular Economic Positions Would Be 'Disastrous'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Jon Cowan and Jim Kessler of the supposed think tank Third Way have taken to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal Tuesday to offer the nation an...

The Social Security 2013 Trustees Report Is Out... But What Does It Mean for People With Disabilities? Eight Things You Need to Know

Donna Meltzer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Donna Meltzer

Here are 8 things you need to know about the 2013 Trustees Report and what it means for people with disabilities.

Places With The Highest Social Security Rates

U.S. News And World Report | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty

Workers pay 6.2 percent of their earnings into the Social Security system and employers pay a matching amount up to $113,700 in 2013. Workers who earn...

What's Wrong With Social Security?

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

For 58 million Americans, the Social Security system works satisfactorily. Therefore, many were surprised when President Obama suggested a fix, using the chained CPI for the cost-of-living adjustment. What's wrong with the Social Security system?

Future Retirement Security at Risk

A. Barry Rand | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
A. Barry Rand

It's time to have a national discussion about how to ensure that Social Security continues to contribute to the future security of older Americans -- not in the context of reducing a federal deficit it did not create, but with the goal of helping people achieve a comfortable retirement.

5 Ideas For Fixing Social Security

U.S. News And World Report | Emily Brandon | Posted 02.18.2013 | Fifty

The Social Security trust fund is expected to be exhausted in 2033. After that, there will be enough tax revenue coming in to pay out about three quar...

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.

The Myth of Social Security's Insolvency

Fred Lundgren | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

It is time for all top wage earners and all the other Social Security mythmakers to put away their bad ideas and silence their propaganda for the real good of America.

We Know You Hear Us, But Are You Really Listening to Us on Social Security?

Donna M. Butts | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Donna M. Butts

Today's realities are that we need Social Security, we need reinstatement of the student benefit, and we can ensure the program is here for our children and grandchildren with a few minor changes that a large majority of Americans agree with. Congress: We know you hear us, but are you really listening?

Saving Social Security by Cutting Middle-Class Taxes

Robert P. Stoker | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Robert P. Stoker

Although Obama has considered the chained CPI, he has also advocated raising the FICA tax cap. His proposal does not go far enough to preserve Social Security. A better alternative is to expand the tax base, not merely by increasing the FICA tax cap but by taxing other income sources.

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.

Laura Bassett

Tim Geithner: Social Security Reform Is Off The Table For Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said on Sunday that President Barack Obama is open to reforming Social Security, but not until after a deal has been r...

Tips To Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

By Linda Stern WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - It is no surprise that as the baby boom approaches its Social Security years, it is turni...

Sam Stein

Obama Campaign Does Debate Cleanup On Social Security Answer

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama campaign played a bit of debate cleanup on Friday night with a blog post clarifying that there are, indeed, differences betwee...

Sam Stein

Democrats Left Confused By Obama's Social Security Debate Remarks

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Of all the moments that left Democrats scratching their collective head following President Barack Obama's debate performance Wednesday ...

Matt Sledge

Linda McMahon Proposes Social Security "Sunset"

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- In little-noticed remarks at a Tea Party town hall meeting earlier this year, Republican Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon propos...

Ryan 'Risk' Takes Heat From Democrats

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics

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

Political Hurdles Prevent Social Security Fixes

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Despite Social Security's long-term problems, the massive retirement and disability program could be preserved for generations to c...

A Political Gift on Social Security's Birthday

David Shuster | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
David Shuster

There were fresh indications today that Democrats in Congress have rediscovered their spine in the fight to protect Social Security. The development is a gift to all of us on this -- the 77th birthday of the program.

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.

Social Security's $134 Trillion Shortfall

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 10.12.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security's long-term funding shortfall is big by any measure. How big? That depends on how you look at it. O...

Gen X and Social Security: Will We Choose to be Cynical or Practical?

Kristin Maschka | Posted 08.20.2012 | Money
Kristin Maschka

If Gen X can set aside our cynicism, embrace our strength for commonsense solutions and turn that into a political voice for a practical and equitable answer to the funding gap, this is one "disaster" we have the power to prevent.