Blogs and Opinion
BLOGS AND OPINION
Americans Shocked To Learn That There Isn't Actually A Social Security Crisis by Alex Pareene, salon.com | February 1, 2013
New Poll: America's Workers Soundly Reject Social Security Benefit Cuts by Jackie Tortora, aflcio.org | February 1, 2013
What Is Social Insurance? by James Kwak, baselinescenario.com | January 24, 2013
12 Ways Obama Smacked Down the Tea Party and the Right in Inauguration Speech by Adele M. Stan, alternet.org | January 22, 2013
All the serious people want you to suffer by Joan McCarter, dailykos.com | January 20, 2013
The 3 Percent Cut to Social Security, a.k.a. the Chained CPI by Dean Baker, truth-out.org | January 15, 2013
Tax Avoidance On the Rise: It's Twice the Amount of Social Security and Medicare by Paul Buchheit, commondreams.org | January 7, 2013
GOP Threat: Cut Social Security and Medicare or we'll kill the economy. Americans say NO to both. by Roger Hickey , OurFuture.org | January 6, 2013
Leave Social Security Alone; It’s Irrelevant to the Deficit by Dean Baker, cepr.net | January 3, 2013
Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire? by Nancy Altman and Eric Kingston, Huffington Post | January 3, 2013
More than 300 economists, policy experts and civic leaders have signed a statement warning political leaders of “a grave danger” that the still-fragile economic recovery will be undercut by austerity economics of the kind being pushed by conservative politicians and by the White House deficit commission. Read the statement and related commentary on the critical choices we must make to revive the economy.
No doubt Republicans know the fight over extending the payroll tax is one they could lose. Thus, they've pivoted away from opposing the extension, and have presented a plan of their own — one that Timothy Noah says the Democrats should be willing to work with because it "doesn't stink."
Well, in my experience, just because you can't smell something doesn't mean it doesn't sink. Some things "pass the smell test" because of a faulty sniffer; not because they don't stink. And the GOP's payroll tax plan does so stink.
Sen. John McCain's comment last week that it's an "absolute disgrace" that current workers pay for the Social Security benefits of current retirees was bad enough, but the conservative policy alternative, and the fear-mongering that comes with it, is even worse. Here's how to attack it.