Unless a viable opponent arises, most Democratic debate will take place inside Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Here are five ways the front-runner can signal that she plans to win with progressives and heed their priorities.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent his first day in New Hampshire pitching overhauls to Social Security and federal health care, visiting a pizzeria and courting Republicans during what appeared to be a campaign trip in all but name.
While Cruz highlights his Tea Party persona to appeal to Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of ultra-right “populism.”
Introduced as a New Deal program in 1935, Social Security has been a capstone after a career (or several) — and for many retired Americans, it is the difference between comfort and poverty. Knowing how to navigate and properly execute one’s retirement is imperative as 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day. The value of making the “right decisions, […]
Only 24.5 percent of information and security officers are confident they can protect against the prevalent cyber threats made to state databases.
By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times The annual trustees reports for Social Security and Medicare customarily give rise to an outburst of disinformation from the enemies of social insurance programs — that comes with the territory when you’re putting out hundreds of pages densely packed with graphs, charts and statistics. There may be less of […]
By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Improvements in health care costs have extended the life of Medicare’s main trust fund by four years, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees said Monday, a further sign of the positive effect of lower medical inflation. Medicare Part B premiums are expected to […]
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE — The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million to develop a computer system to speed processing of disability claims, but the system still isn’t working after six years, according to a newly released report. An independent analysis commissioned by the agency found that the project has […]
Republicans were quick to distance themselves from the Nevada rancher after his remarks about slavery, but he points to a deeper issue with conservative policy. It’s tempting dismiss Cliven Bundy – the Nevada rancher who last week suggested that blacks were better off under slavery – as a fringe conservative unworthy of any more airtime. […]
A new CBS/New York Times poll has bad news for the man who can only now be called a former frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ). With 41 percent of Republicans saying they don’t want the governor to run and only 31 percent saying they do, he’s the only […]
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has dropped a proposal included in previous budget offers that would have changed the way entitlement benefit increases are calculated, an acknowledgment that the era of “grand bargain” fiscal talks with Republicans has ended — at least for now. The decision also comes as the White House has worked to […]
President Obama’s new budget will not include a proposal to implement “chained CPI” to slow the growth of Social Security benefits, according to White House officials. And there’s one man who deserves most of the credit for making sure there will be no cuts to benefits to seniors until at least 2017 — ironically the […]
Washington (AFP) – U.S. conservatives seized on Wednesday’s 50th anniversary of the launch of president Lyndon Johnson’s “war on poverty” to dispute the effectiveness of existing policies, and urge a welfare state overhaul. “Five decades and trillions of dollars after president Johnson waged his war on poverty, the results of this big-government approach are in,” […]
About a month ago, I answered some questions from people who were wondering if I thought they might be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. I essentially told them that the only way they would know for sure is to actually apply for such benefits. I took flack from some readers who thought my answer […]
Q: I recently heard a news report that said Social Security has several billion dollars in something called a suspense file. It has something to do with the taxes collected on fraudulent Social Security numbers. The report said this money is just sitting there, not earning interest and not being used for any constructive purpose. […]
Social Security has already emerged as a major issue for the 2012 elections. A new study shows that most Americans approve of Social Security, but they would also support a more privatized system. A CNN/ORC International poll found: Eight in 10 Americans think Social Security has been good for the country, with 70 percent of […]
Q: In a recent column, you wrote, ‘The vast majority of Social Security recipients do not pay taxes on their monthly benefits.’ That is a lie. I know for a fact that just the opposite is true. The vast majority of people pay taxes on their Social Security benefits. My parents pay taxes on their […]
Q: I am sick and tired of all these people who bring their parents over here from foreign countries and then immediately put them on their Social Security account. No wonder Social Security is going broke! I personally know two couples in my neighborhood who get Social Security. They brought their parents up from Mexico […]
Will all my readers out there who think Rick Perry’s ruggedly handsome mug should be carved onto Mount Rushmore please stop sending me emails about Social Security as a Ponzi scheme? The astute governor from Texas, apparently one of the country’s leading experts on Social Security, has been running around comparing the federal retirement program […]