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.
If you think of Detroit's bankruptcy and its effect on public workers as far away and unrelated to life in your hometown, think again. The next victim could be your town, your community, your retirement.
Progressives campaigned aggressively to remove the chained CPI cut of Social Security benefits from this year’s federal budget because they view the document as rhetorical as well as practical.
Great news! The AP just reported that the chained CPI will not be in President Obama’s budget. This is a victory for populists who want politicians to fight for the majority of real Americans facing tough economic realities.
Why is whether President Obama will reprise the "chained CPI" Social Security cut in his 2015 budget even an open question? Truth is, motives don't matter. What we know for sure is that it is still an open question.
David Sirota this week broke the story that conservative financier John Arnold, who is on a campaign to dismantle state public pension programs, has given $3.5 million to PBS to finance a series on "The Pension Peril."
Democratic voters have been pleading with the president for years not to cut Social Security. Now the pleas are coming from Democratic senators. You can’t blame them. They could lose over this issue.
Last week a judge ruled that Detroit could move forward with its plan to cut pensions for retired city workers. This week Washington is celebrating a budget deal that harms older people. When did old people become The Enemy?
Credit goes to progressives who made calls, signed petitions and showed up at rallies to tell Congress to not cut Social Security and Medicare as part of any budget deal. "You all stood up and backed them down."
As long as politicians are bought and paid for, organizations like ALEC will have dangerous influence over the legislation that effects us all. It's time to put an end to the corporate control of Congress once and for all.
Congress is again fighting over the budget with Republicans demanding cuts in federal employee benefits. Is this really about the budget? Or is it about destroying government? Meanwhile hundreds of billions of taxes owed remain uncollected.
USA Today offers the latest entry in the race to punish public-sector workers for successfully retaining the benefits that used to be broadly available to private-sector workers.
This week Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts gave an important speech in which she joined a small but growing cadre of American leaders committed to building, rather than cutting, Social Security.
On the Senate floor, Sen. Elizabeth Warren placed the Social Security debate in the context of a broader “retirement crisis” for the middle class, and condemns The Washington Post for pitting seniors against hungry children.
Fix the Debt is ghostwriting for college students, their latest move to pretend to represent America's youth. Previously, they were caught paying dancers to participate in a pro-austerity flashmob and paying for petition signatures.
We helped deliver a petition to House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan signed by more than 700,000 people calling for "no grand bargain in exchange for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts."