Would you believe that President Donald Trump is eligible for an extra Social Security benefit of around $15,000 a year because of his 11-year-old son, Barron Trump? Well, you should believe it, because it’s true. How can this be? Because under Social Security’s rules, anyone like Trump who is old enough to get retirement benefits and still has a child under 18 can get this supplement…
Donald Trump, never lacking in self-esteem, bragged in 2016: “I know words — I have the best words.” Well, sometimes he does put together a coherent sentence, using some very fine words that convey great promise, such as this one: “I’m going to fight for every person in this country who believes government should serve […]
Donald Trump reportedly will announce on Tuesday that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the legal protection accorded to 800,000 young people, known as “Dreamers,” who have lived in the United States since they were children. Dreamers are contributing members of society who grew up here but happened to be born […]
Speaker Ryan himself wallows in a mud pit of congressional entitlements that working stiffs couldn’t imagine: A $223,500 annual paycheck, free limousine and chauffeur, a maximum-coverage health plan, a tax-paid PR agent, lavish expense account, free travel… and, of course, a platinum-level congressional retirement program funded by the very taxpayers who’s Social Security he’s out to kill. Yet, Ryan wonders why Congress’ public approval rating is plummeting toward single digits.
As he was about to take the oath of office, Trump’s team announced plans for $10.5 trillion in cuts based on a plan devised by the Heritage Foundation — a plan that includes huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Defense Department.
We should be finding ways to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care to all people as a right. This is the conversation American policymakers need to be having right now. And we’re not going to let Trump or Congress forget it.
These are the ten resolutions to preserve democracy that I’ll do my best to honor in 2017. I hope you’ll find them useful as you do your best — which I’m sure will be better than mine.
Ebenezer Scrooge may be Charles Dickens’ personification of everything that is wrong with unfettered greed. But to Paul Ryan, Scrooge — with his estimated net worth of $1.6 billion — is a proud example of those job creators that he calls “small businessmen.”
Wall Street loves Trump — as you can tell by the extended orgasm the stock market has been enjoying since he won. From his massive tax breaks for the rich to Republican plans to privatize everything from Medicare to roads to schools, the bankers won bigly.
If you’re feeling a little like Alice in Trumpland these days, it’s no wonder. Reality has been turned upside own, grossly distorted, rendered a hall-of-mirrors hallucination.
The champion of working people is setting about destroying every safety net. Why do Republicans want to destroy successful government programs?
Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans’ sense of safety and continuity. The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave internal discord.
The clash of deeply felt racial and class grievances, compounded by cultural wounds on both sides of the identity divide, is crowding out the progressive brand of populism that America once had and so sorely needs.
Sixty-seven percent of registered voters rank Social Security as a “very important” part of their voting decision this year – just behind the economy, terrorism, gun policy and immigration, according to the Pew Research Center.
Pence said women’s reproductive rights, upheld by the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, would fall. He did not deny he was a proponent of privatizing Social Security and cutting Medicare while in the House and still favors those policies. He promised to cut taxes for the wealthy, and did not deny opposing minimum wage increases.
Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has emphasized his support for marijuana legalization and touts an anti-war stance in an attempt to lure progressives to his cause. But progressives are likely less aware of his links to the radical right and the Koch brothers.
Obama called Trump’s proposals on illegal immigration “a fantasy,” and said that although Trump’s prescriptions would do little to help economic anxiety. “When I hear working families thinking about voting for [Trump’s] plans,” Obama said, “then I want to have an intervention. I want you to take a look at what they’re talking about here.
“When there is despair, the people from the far right take advantage,” Loach said. “We must say that another world is possible and necessary.” “I, Daniel Blake”, shows how Britain’s social security system conspires to drive a downtrodden carpenter and a single mother of two into poverty in the northeastern city of Newcastle.
Saving for retirement is no easy task, but a new study says you don’t need to be a Powerball winner to put away enough cash for old age.
The cuts to a couple of key Social Security claiming strategies — squeezed into federal budget legislation in October — continue to confound seniors, whether or not they’re actually affected by the changes.
Are you entitled to some of your ex-spouses benefits? Generally, a subsequent remarriage takes away the ability to collect divorced spousal benefits, but there are very limited exceptions.
I’m turning 62 this fall and looking forward to starting Social Security. My good friend told me it’s better to wait, but I’m eager to supplement my income. How do I decide?