Archive for the ‘Retirement’ Category

Social Security’s enemies, in search of the politically “doable”

In Washington, it’s fashionable to bill oneself as a pragmatist, attuned to political realities and more interested in finding politically doable solutions to practical problems than fighting unwinnable wars. But there’s a double standard in what The Village defines as “realistic.” C. Eugene Steuerle is a bona fide member of the Washington policy elite. A […]

Brookings, Social Security, and the welfare state

We’ve had the evidence before us for a long time: Social Security is the most effective—and cost-effective—US anti-poverty program, both for adults and children. So why do recent writings by scholars at the Brookings Institution ignore it? “Evidence-based decision-making” may be the most popular catch phrase in Washington. The Big Data revolution has convinced The […]

Democracy Now: Ryan’s Push to Dismantle Social Security

   

Expand Social Security? How Outlandish!

The Rebuild America Act, introduced in March by Sen. Tom Harkin, as a wish-list of progressive ideas that would be widely discussed in this election if it reflected anything other than the standard Washington agenda. One very important section but little-noticed of the bill would actually expand Social Security. Thanks to Ken Buffin of Buffin […]

Pie in the Sky in Eastern Europe: The Ryan Plan in Action

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been pushing Social Security privatization for the better part of a decade. What if his plan was actually implemented? An important new paper looks at what happened when Hungary and Poland attempted something similar with their national pension systems. The results were ugly. It’s been reported that Paul Ryan […]

Why You Should Celebrate Social Security’s Birthday on Aug. 14

Social Security’s 77th birthday comes up on Tues., August 14. The Alliance for Retired American is planning events all over the country to celebrate (see details below!). As well it might – Social Security’s benefit checks keep 20 million people out of poverty every year and are helping to prop up consumer spending while the […]

ALEC’s Bigger Target: Social Security

The low-key “legislative exchange” group has been in the news a lot, promoting right-wing bills in state governments. But it seeks a role on the national level as well. One of its longtime targets is one of the biggest: Social Security. The American Legislative Exchange Council is taking some flack – and burnishing its conservative […]

Book Launch for ‘The People’s Pension’ in NYC

What: Book launch event for The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan When: Fri., April 27, 7 p.m. Where: Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St., New York, NY 10002 (just south of East Houston St.) The People’s Pension is out after some years of my own struggle to research it, write it,  […]

First Review in on “The People’s Pension”

The first review of The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan, is out, and it’s good. Ken Buffin is one of our leading actuaries as well as an economist and statistician.  He has been studying, consulting on, and writing about Social Security throughout the period I cover in my book. In […]

How Much Do We Care About the Elderly?

That’s the real issue behind the Social Security debate – and the deficit fight as well. But it’s almost impossible to have a constructive public discussion about the elderly and the share of the economy they occupy so long as deficit hysteria continues. Don’t go to Pete Peterson’s Fiscal Times for balanced reporting on Social […]