The obstacles faced by the progressive movement aren’t news to anybody who's been paying attention. But recent developments may also stir an unfamiliar sensation in the liberally minded observer: optimism.
I was asked by The Huffington Post to predict what Social Security might look like 10 years from now. That future is filled with both possibility and shadowed by danger.
Will Hillary Clinton embrace her party's growing call to increase Social Security benefits? It's not an extreme idea, or even a particularly “leftist” one. In fact, it was a key part of the Republican platform – in 1956.
“The trust fund isn't real.” This claim is evergreen on the right – and it's wrong, as wrong as when Alf Landon deployed many of the same arguments in his 1936 race against FDR.
The latest attack on Social Security comes from a “libertarian” finance writer, an editor for the National Review and – inevitably – the editorial board of the Washington Post. But there's a struggle among Democrats, too.
In the latest hearing of their "Middle Class Prosperity Project," Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Elijah Cummings hear how some financial advisers enrich themselves by imperiling the retirement of their clients.
The Maryland Senate race has just begun, of course. But so far, it seems to point to the pitfalls of corporate “centrism” – and the promise of economic populism.
It comes down to this question: Are these Democrats committed to ensuring that retired working people can live in dignity and financial security? That's become a litmus test for their commitment to the American majority.
We have learned that the series hired a leading "new Democrat" (read, "corporate Democrat") as a consultant for the show's most misleading episode, which suggests that cutting "entitlements" is a necessity.
The huge transfer of income and wealth from the middle class to the top 1 percent is not just a moral issue, but also a huge economic issue that affects Social Security to a significant degree, Sen. Bernie Sanders points out.
The top one percent of working Americans only pay Social Security tax on the wages they earn during the first six weeks of the year. The rest of the year is a tax holiday. Is that fair?
Class war is precisely what we've been seeing for decades now – but it's been waged for, not against, the wealthy. Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee opened up a new front in that war Wednesday.
The president proposed moving money into the Social Security disability fund and pledged to only support moves to "strengthen retirement security." Republicans were prepared to put millions of vulnerable Americans at risk.
Raising Medicare deductibles buys into the philosophy that it’s OK to tax older Americans (make them pay more) and keep them from getting care if they are unable to afford the Medicare deductible or the copays.
What should we make of language in the 2016 budget that puts the administration in opposition to "any measures that privatize or weaken the Social Security system" or "slashes benefits for future generations"?
The Republican Congress, making overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business, put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address a projected funding shortfall.
Unexpectedly fierce Republican attacks on Social Security offer the president an opportunity to set the political tone for the next two years. During the State of the Union we'll see whether he seizes that opportunity.
How does the right justify the kind of action Congress took this week, when it moved to cut disability benefits for millions of people by 20 percent? Answer #1: With buzzwords and rhetorical dodges. Answer #2: Not very well.
Who bears the human cost of Republican hostility to this popular and vital program? Today it's the disabled. If they succeed, tomorrow it will be America's seniors. But we'll all pay, one way or another.
House Republicans start the new Congress by declaring that tax cuts defy gravity and that future disability payments should be held hostage to set the stage for Social Security cuts.
The Social Security Disability Insurance fund will need to be replenished before then end of 2016. Will Republicans have the governance capacity to make a small adjustment to extend the life of the program?
Some surprising new polling results by Social Security Works underscore the unpopularity – and long-term destructiveness – of Congress' ongoing attacks on the Social Security system.
Point Pleasant chemical plant retirees have for seven years lived under a dark shadow, as if the town's infamous monster Mothman, immortalized in the movie "The Mothman Prophesies," had returned.
This week we learned that Republicans, led by Karl Rove’s dark-money outfit, are attacking Dems for bowing to Simpson Bowles deficit mania. Who could've seen it coming? Progressives could wind up with a Cassandra complex.
Social Security has been called the “third rail” of American politics and it turns out that talking about cutting Social Security is still like touching a “third rail.” Who could have known?
The only way to deal with candidates who won't let the facts get in the way of a smarmy campaign ad is to speak the truth with boldness, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren does: "Social Security needs to be expanded."
A new poll confirms that voters don’t just want their Social Security benefits protected; they want them expanded. A firm stand as defenders and expanders of Social Security is a winner for Democrats.
In new Harper's article, journalist Jessica Bruder adds a new phrase to America's vocabulary: "Elderly migrant worker." A growing number of older Americans must resort to Rving across the country for seasonal and temporary employment.
People who are concerned about the future of Social Security should be paying a great deal of attention to what the Fed does. Raising interest rates will not only affect the economy today, but it will also affect Social Security tomorrow.
August 14 is Social Security’s birthday, which raises the question: what do you give the program that has everything? After all, Social Security enjoys massive public support. It’s the most efficient program of its kind in the country.
There's no bad news on Social Security, and Medicare's outlook has improved. So how did the well-funded naysayers react to these positive developments? With fear, not wisdom.
The pay discrimination against women not only hurts their current well-being and future security, but also means tens of billions less in revenues to fund Social Security, a new report shows.
Republicans are raising alarms about Social Security’s disability trust fund. But a staff member for one senator admits seeking to use the issue "to catalyze a broader discussion" about cutting Social Security benefits.
Right now, all across the country, the savings of blameless, hard-working people are being nibbled away without their knowledge by unscrupulous actors. And there doesn’t seem to be anything that can be done about it.
For months there have been rumors that the Social Security Administration has a “secret plan” to close all of its field offices. In a document prepared for Congress, the plan is no longer a rumor.
Your annual statement of earned Social Security benefits? Gone. Social Security field offices? Cut. Phone service? Slashed. All the evidence points to one conclusion: These cuts are motivated by ideology.
Wall Street loves to celebrate its knack for innovation, and it's hard to disagree. The ingenuity financiers have mustered to scam Americans out of their retirements is truly a wonder to behold.
"Democrats cut Medicare" was endlessly repeated to seniors in corporate/billionaire-funded TV ads in many congressional districts. This might just have something to do with the shift found in a new Gallup poll.
The latest survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute points to the need to bolster Social Security benefits for those who will be beginning to claim benefits over the next three decades.
MSNBC's Abby Huntsman expressed some strong opinions about Social Security. She also made some inaccurate and misleading statements. We have written this open letter to ask for a correction.