Social Security & Washington Post

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Randall... thanks for being part of our campaign to expand Social Security. It was so successful it made our Top Ten Highlights of 2013! Looking forward to another great year of activism with you in 2014. -- Stephanie and Adam 1. "Expand Social Security" In July, we announced a big strategic shift: Instead of playing defense, we would rally around bills to EXPAND Social Security benefits. Along with our allies, PCCC members delivered petitions to congressional offices around the nation. We released polls showing this idea was popular by 2 to 1 in Kentucky and 3 to 1 in Texas! After the Washington Post op-ed page attacked "bold progressives" for leading the way on this issue, Elizabeth Warren made national news that day by endorsing Social Security expansion on the Senate floor (and in an email to PCCC members). Nobel economist Paul Krugman writes, "a funny thing has happened in the past year or so. Suddenly, we’re hearing open discussion of the idea that Social Security should be expanded, not cut.” 2 ...
...Over generations the U.S. has accumulated plenty of capital (and I don't just mean our assets). Subconsciously, the president and his allies seem to have decided: "Let's go ahead and spend that capital for our own political advantage." The country will survive. "Social justice," meaning equality, is what they say they want. If getting there means blowing some capital, well, only heartless right-wingers will object. Here are some recent figures published by Robert J. Samuelson of the Washington Post: ✦ In 1955, defense spending was 62 percent of federal outlays and spending on "human resources" (the welfare state) was 22 percent. By 2012 the figures were reversed; welfare was 66 percent, defense 19 percent. Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants and Social Security's disability program are all postwar creations. The metastasis of the welfare state has been enabled by something that would have amazed Adam Smith. Earn a decent living and you will pay thousands of tax dollars into the Treasury, and ...
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday said the country is facing a retirement crisis and slammed a Washington Post editorial that criticized progressives pushing for an expansion of Social Security benefits. Warren (D-Mass.) said that with more retirees depending on Social Security to fund their retiremen...
Bernie Sanders Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): Bernie for President?: Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Friday that it is essential to have someone in the 2016 presidential campaign willing to take on Wall Street, address the collapse of the middle class, tackle the spread of poverty and fiercely oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Addressing global warming also needs to be a top priority, not an afterthought, Sanders said. In an interview with the Burlington Free Press, Sanders said he is willing to consider a run, probably as an independent, if no other progressive candidate steps up. USPS Profits: The U.S. Postal Service achieved its first revenue increase in five years but still lost $5 billion in fiscal 2013, according to figures released Friday. Postal unions, the USPS board of governors, and at least one lawmaker said the overall loss was due to a requirement that the agency pre-fund retiree benefits to the tune of about $5.6 billion per year. Sen. Sanders, who has proposed legisl ...
Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): Don't Cut Social Security: With eyes now turning toward a new budget committee, some liberals are worried about President Obama's proposal to cut Social Security. "The president is wrong on this issue, and I hope he rethinks it." Sen. Bernie Sanders, member of the new budget committee, told The Wall Street Journal and KPAM-AM in Portland, Ore. "The president is about to run into a major base problem if he tries to do this," said Rep. Keith Ellison, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, referring to using the new formula, the chained consumer-price index, to determine benefits. "My advice to him is: Don't do it." Sanders Calls Out Deficit Hypocrites: Sen. Sanders on Saturday offered a glimpse of how he might tackle the budget. "The hypocrisy is extraordinary. When it comes to Medicaid, we just can't afford to provide Health Insurance to our children [but] when it comes to going to a war that we never should have gotten into [in Iraq], no problem ...
Information on Obama Care. Share This: Dear reader, With so much confusion and debate over Obamacare, many of you have asked us for facts and fairly presented expert opinions to help you make sense of our health care laws. So… We have updated our popular website about the pros and cons of Obamacare, compiling responses from legislators, health care experts, and others to 66 frequently asked questions about the law. Our research shows that 42 of those 66 questions have clear yes or no answers while 24 remain debated topics. Our website poses the core question, "Is Obamacare good for America?," and in consideration of that central issue, we examine the history of the Health Insurance mandate, pro/con reactions to the passage of Social Security and Medicare, comparisons of Medicare to private insurance, constitutional challenges to Obamacare, and dozens of questions related to specific components and ramifications of Obamacare. Some of the most recently updated and new questions include: Can States Set up ...
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FYI, In case you think they have gone away. Washington Post, January 18, 2013 CEOs want to raise the retirement age to 70 By Suzy Khimm , Updated: January 18, 2013 A lot of CEOs have gotten on the deficit-reduction bandwagon, but they’ve often been loath to push for specific proposals, endorsing instead an overall “framework” for fiscal consolidation that’s big and bipartisan. That’s now starting to change: A group of the country’s leading CEOs from the Business Roundtable has put out an entitlement reform plan that proposes to raise the eligibility age for both Social Security and Medicare to 70. (Bradley C. Bower/NY110) Leading Republicans have long rallied to raise the eligibility age for Social Security to 70, but the Business Roundtable’s recommendations for Medicare go significantly further than the GOP consensus: During the fiscal cliff negotiations, for instance, Boehner proposed raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 years, while the CEOs want to push it three years hi . ...
Fresh reporting on the “fiscal cliff” negotiations is alarming defenders of Social Security everywhere! Tonight on “The Ed Show,” Ed Schultz welcomes Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to respond. Then, Newt Gingrich of all people warns Republicans to quit hostage taking, but another big time senator refuses the advice. Tonight, Ed goes in-depth on the Republican deception about the debt. First, he’ll check with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) about how Democrats are fighting back. Then, Eugene Robinson, MSNBC Analyst and Associate Editor and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Washington Post, and Howard Fineman, NBC News Political Analyst and Editorial Director of the Huffington Post Media Group, will discuss which party has the upper hand in negotiations. 67 House Republicans vote against disaster relief for New York and New Jersey residents. We’ll detail the shame of Paul Ryan and his heartless “Sandy 67” gang with Lizz Winstead, comedian and co-creator of “The Daily Show.” Former Rep. B ...
URGENT UPDATE - December 18, 2012: We are re-sending this very urgent action alert because of reports that President Obama is caving to unreasonable Republican demands, just as we feared. From this morning's Washington Post, describing the president's latest offer to Speaker Boehner: "Obama also gave ground on a key Republican demand -- applying a less-generous measure of inflation across the federal government. That change would save about $225 billion over the next decade, with more than half the savings coming from smaller cost-of-living increases for Social Security beneficiaries." Don't let the president or Republicans get away with balancing the federal budget on the backs of the most vulnerable in our country! The wealthiest have spent decades siphoning off the vast bulk of the nation's GDP for their own benefit, leaving middle-class and lower-income families behind. The Republicans are happy to continue this injustice. Don't let the president go along with them! From National NOW. [The reduction w ...
This proposal to switch Social Security to the chained CPI is deeply unpopular with the regular Americans according to a new Washington Post poll.
Washington Post does front page hit piece on AARP for opposing its agenda for cutting Social Security and Medicare
Interesting article from Robert Samuelson of the Washington Post: If you doubt there’s an American welfare state, you should read the new study by demographer Nicholas Eberstadt, whose blizzard of numbers demonstrates otherwise. A welfare state transfers income from some people to other people to improve the recipients’ well-being. In 1935, these transfers were less than 3 percent of the economy; now they’re almost 20 percent. That’s $7,200 a year for every American, calculates Eberstadt. He says that nearly 40 percent of these transfers aim to relieve poverty (through Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance and the like), while most of the rest goes to the elderly (mainly through Social Security and Medicare). By all means, let’s avoid the “fiscal cliff”: the $500 billion in tax increases and federal spending cuts scheduled for early 2013 that, if they occurred, might trigger a recession. But let’s recognize that we still need to bring the budget into long-term balance. This can’t ...
Letters to the Editor from this morning's Washington Post: Clay Bennett’s Nov. 10 Drawing Board cartoon, captioned “Election Night,” showed an apparently wealthy, and unhappy, man watching election returns while surrounded by unabashedly happy members of his household staff. The selection of this cartoon is one more contribution by The Post to the cause of class warfare. One shouldn’t forget that this unhappy gentleman is providing jobs for his staff, as well as paying into their Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid funds. As a small-business owner employing the same number of people, I feel his pain. Phylyp Wagner Chantilly, VA Clay Bennett’s “Election Night” cartoon fits perfectly with President Obama’s class-warfare campaign. Maybe if Mitt Romney had won, we could have had an America in which everybody smiles. Dave Willingham Silver Spring, MD
The United States started 2001 with a cozy nest egg of more than $2 trillion, and now the country owes about $10 trillion—but who's to blame? Put simply, Obama-era policies account for $1.7 trillion of the debt, and Bush policies for over $7 trillion, the Washington Post reports in an economic breakdown of the past 10 years. As the Post has it, America's biggest challenge entering the 21st century was figuring out how to spend its Clinton-era surplus—and Bush decided to throw most of it at tax cuts. Shrugging off Clinton's desire to save the money for Social Security, Congress approved $1.7 trillion in tax cuts with Alan Greenspan's blessing. Then the federal government went on a spending spree, paying for two wars on borrowed money, and ran right into the Great Recession. By then, most of the economic damage was already done. “Nobody would have thought that all these things would have happened after you cut taxes,” says former GOP Senator Pete Domenici. “You would pause before you did it, if yo ...
"At times, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler has been way too eager to give Mitt Romney the benefit of the doubt, but Romney's latest ad is so jam-packed with lies that Kessler says it might as well be "a greatest hits" of Romney falsehoods. Here's the transcript: If Barack Obama is reelected, what will the next four years be like? One, the debt will grow from 16 trillion to 20 trillion dollars. Two, 20 million Americans could lose their employer-based health care. Three, taxes on the middle class will go up by $4,000. Four, energy prices will continue to go up. And five, $716 billion in Medicare cuts that hurt current seniors. Those are some serious-sounding claims, but they're lies. Here's the reality: Fact: Under the best case scenario for the Ryan budget, it would ad leave us with roughly the same amount of debt as they claim Obama would. The debt figure includes balance sheet payments owed to Social Security and Medicare, which is essentially money that we owe ourselves. But even if you acce ...
I could be mistaken, but from what I have just read in the Dallas Morning News, New York Times, and the Washington Post, if you are Republican and are in the armed services, retired and your Social Security or other annuity is non=taxable, if your income is less than $30,000 (?), you probably should vote for President Obama for Mr. Romney is not concerned about you. I think that is what he said in the video, that he is not concerned about the 47% who paid no federal income tax. Can you believe what he said? Or is he going to flip flop on this?
Alex talks with Washington Post's Ezra Klein and NY Magazine's Jonathan Chait on details of Paul Ryan's GOP Plans to DISMANTLE Social Security, Medicare & Me...
I'll share with you a letter to the Editor I sent out as an e-mail. Now don't anyone hold your breath waiting to see it in print. That's why I put it here on FBook so some would get to read it and copy it to their page so maybe thousands will get to read it. Hope FBook lets it go on. Thank you all. Dear Editor, Those retired, those nearing retirement, and those who work and someday want to retire, you need to read this and raise *** In the past month, Op-Ed writers from the New York Times' Bill Keller to the Washington Post's Steve Pearlstein have tried to turn the national conversation back to the deficit - arguing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefit cuts are somehow necessary to get our country's finances back on track. These pro-austerity columns have suspiciously arrived on the heels of the formation of a new supergroup called Fix The Debt. This group, backed by wealthy and powerful individuals like Honeywell CEO David Cote, Pete Peterson, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, plans to raise . ...
is crowding out everything. Social Security isn’t. – Washington Post (blog)
"My Reply To An Objectivist Ayn Rand was a hypocrite who accepted Social Security and Medicare. She was also the "godmother" of Satanism, although not directly involved. Anton LaVey wasn’t shy about admitting his debt to his inspiration. “I give people Ayn Rand with trappings,” he once told the Washington Post. On another occasion he acknowledged that his brand of Satanism was “just Ayn Rand’s philosophy with ceremony and ritual added.” Indeed, the influence is so apparent that LaVey has been accused of plagiarizing part of his “Nine Satanic Statements” from the John Galt speech in Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Like most true believers, I know you feel that anyone who "doesn't get it" must simply be ignorant or uninformed. In fact, it's quite possible that I'm better informed about Rand's biography, and may have actually read more than you, including her journals and interviews. You are certainly free to idolize a psychopath if that's your choice, But don't make the assumption that I find Rand ...
According to the Washington Post, the US Senate defeated a budget proposal from KY Senator Rand Paul today. It would have "cut the average Social Security recipient’s benefits by nearly 40 percent, reduce defense spending by nearly $100 billion below a level the Pentagon calls “devastating,” and end the current Medicare program in two years... It would eliminate the education, energy, housing and commerce departments, decimate homeland security, eviscerate programs for the poor, and give the wealthy a bonanza by reducing tax rates to 17 percent and eliminating taxes on capital gains and dividends." Kentucky deserves better!
October 31, 2011 11:00 AM Rich Eskow: It's Time To Accept The Fact That The Post Is No Longer A Reputable Newspaper The Washington Post ran a startling story on their front page yesterday that would scare the crap out of most people -- if you didn't already understand how Social Security actually works, and that the Village elites will say just about anything to destroy it under the guise of "saving" it. Rich Eskow did a great job pulling it apart in this scathing HuffPost piece (you should go read it all): If we had the space we'd deconstruct the entire piece. Instead we'll use a selected sample, beginning with the first line: " Last year, as a debate over the runaway national debt gathered steam in Washington, Social Security passed a treacherous milestone. It went "cash negative." Holy cow, that's a lot of deception in one sentence. First, the sentence conflates the national debt with Social Security. But Social Security is expressly forbidden by law from contributing to the debt! It must be entirely s ...
Yesterday the trustees who oversee Social Security announced that "the program's trust fund will be depleted by 2033 -- three years earlier than projected last year." "Never since the 1983 reforms have we come as close to the point of trust fund depletion as we are right now," trustee Charles Blahou...
Ezra Klein (Washington Post)-Who actually relies on Social Security, in one chart
Free $10 million loans to everyone! Shelia Bair, former head of the Federa l Deposit Insurance Corporation, says that's what the big banks do, taking zero interest government loans and making big profits by lending it out. From the Washington Post. FIX INCOME INEQUALITY WITH $10 MILLION LOANS TO EVERYONE! Are you concerned about growing income inequality in America? Are you resentful of all that wealth concentrated in the 1 percent? I’ve got the perfect solution, a modest proposal that involves just a small adjustment in the Federal Reserve’s easy monetary policy. Best of all, it will mean that none of us have to work for a living anymore. For several years now, the Fed has been making money available to the financial sector at near-zero interest rates. Big banks and hedge funds, among others, have taken this cheap money and invested it in securities with high yields. This type of profit-making, called the “carry trade,” has been enormously profitable for them. So why not let everyone participate? ...
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