Archive for the ‘Social Security’ Category

Dylan Matthews’ critique of my UBI view is mistaken, but here’s a better one

July 24th, 2017

In pushing back on an argument against Universal Basic Income (UBI) plans, Dylan Matthews engages in a curious non-sequitur. Let me point out where he’s wrong but offer him a more salient contradiction in my position. Matthews, in defending the idea that “every American gets a basic stipend from the government,” quotes me as follows:… Read more

Media: Please don’t let policy makers use euphemisms for cuts in social insurance.

January 25th, 2017

Especially in the age of “alternative facts,” it’s really important for policy makers and especially journalists to use clear, transparent language. One area where that’s particularly germane right now is in regard to cutting Social Security and Medicare. Though many policy makers want to cut these social insurance programs, they rarely say “cut.” Instead, because… Read more

The risk shift, revisited

January 4th, 2017

Over at WaPo. The piece focuses, in part, on the shift from DB to DC pensions and the ensuant hit to retirement security. On that theme, OTE’ers get special access to some revealing figures shared with me by EPI’s retirement security expert, Monique Morrissey, like this one. It shows that DC’s are both a lot… Read more