Archive for the ‘Social Security’ Category

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

Bold, smart, progressive ideas to strengthen Social Security

September 30th, 2016

For reasons I’ll get to in a moment, I was really struck by the title of this excellent, important new paper by my CBPP colleague Kathleen Romig: Increasing Payroll Taxes Would Strengthen Social Security. It is well understood that Social Security’s financing needs shoring up; we’ve been drawing down the trust funds to meet current obligations… Read more

The claim that no one’s doing anything about the costs of social insurance is not correct.

February 16th, 2016

Far be it from me to hone in on my frequent co-author Dean Baker’s takedown of a recent Robert Samuelson column, wherein Samuelson once again bemoans the extent to which “an older population” is “systematically” strangling the rest of the federal budget. Dean’s main point is one I often make: to fix these social insurance… Read more