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White House calls for Social Security talks

This hasn't gotten a ton of attention, but the budget includes a pretty explicit call for Congress and the administration to commence talks on Social Security reform. The administration even lays out its starting position: The President believes that we...

By Ezra Klein  | February 14, 2011; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Boehner backs off Social Security cuts

The big concern that progressives had going into the State of the Union address was that President Obama would propose cuts to Social Security. That didn't happen. And now, a few days after the State of the Union, John...

By Ezra Klein  | January 27, 2011; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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The payroll tax cut, Social Security and the problem of the trust fund

The tax deal cuts employee-side payroll taxes by two percentage points in 2011. This won't harm Social Security, or at least it shouldn't harm Social Security, because the money will just be replaced by general fund revenues (confused yet?). All...

By Ezra Klein  | December 9, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Column: We don't have a Social Security problem. We have a retirement-security problem.

For anyone who would like to retire someday, reading the news can be depressing. There's the Social Security shortfall, of course, and the reports that pensions promised to state employees are terribly underfunded. The financial crisis wiped out plenty...

By Ezra Klein  | November 29, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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The future of Social Security in one graph

This comes from the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, and it lists the impact of all of the various deficit-reduction plans on a medium-income Social Security beneficiary (click for a larger version): It's worth noting that the "current law" line is...

By Ezra Klein  | November 23, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs, Social Security  
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The progressive case for Social Security reform

Kevin Drum notes that the strategy to privatize Social Security has always relied on conflating privatization with solvency (the two are not related, and privatization actually worsens the immediate shortfall), and that progressives might want to think about cutting that...

By Ezra Klein  | November 19, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Older Entries in This Category »

The Social Security shortfall in one graph, Ezra Klein , November 1, 2010
Raising the retirement age is a bad idea, Ezra Klein , October 29, 2010
Don't raise the retirement age, cont'd, Ezra Klein , September 7, 2010
Don't cut Social Security, cont'd, Ezra Klein , September 7, 2010
Washington wants you to work longer, Ezra Klein , September 6, 2010
Making hard choices on the budget, Ezra Klein , September 1, 2010
Trillions and percents, Ezra Klein , August 31, 2010
How to fix Social Security in one graph, Ezra Klein , August 31, 2010
The case against reforming Social Security, Ezra Klein , August 30, 2010
Confused by the Social Security trust fund?, Ezra Klein , August 19, 2010
Social Security Strangeness, Ezra Klein , October 15, 2009
Reforming Social Security, Ezra Klein , August 19, 2009
Time Heals All Wounds, Ezra Klein , August 14, 2009
 
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