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Who Funds the Attacks on Social Security?
In recent posts I have argued for the expansion of Social Security as a modest way to begin addressing our county’s looming retirement crisis. In influential policy circles, and among far too many journalists, the conventional wisdom that Social Security must be cut maintains a strong hold. Why do proposals to cut Social Security enjoy this support among the power elite, when polling data shows broad public support for maintaining or expanding the program?
The Only Time to Support a "Nuclear Option"
By: Daniel Sepulveda
On November 21st, Senate Democrats resulted in using the “Nuclear Option,” which gets rid of the 60-vote majority rule on most presidential nominations. With 52 Democrats voting for the new change, this has led to an even more bipartisan atmosphere in Washington. This obstructionist culture that has festered into the political tactics of the Republican Party has been a major source of government ineffectiveness since the beginning of the Obama Administration.
Why the Post is Wrong About Social Security
Last week, I praised Tom Harkin’s bill that would improve Social Security by increasing benefits and raising the income cap on the payroll tax. Apparently I chose a hot topic. Simultaneously, the Washington Post issued this editorial, criticizing the idea, and soon after such luminaries as Senator Elizabeth Warren and Paul Krugman argued in favor of the proposal.
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