Archive for the ‘Social Security’ Category

Social Security and Elderly Poverty

November 22nd, 2013

I very much appreciate Paul K, Sens Harkin and Warren, and others who are putting an expansion of Social Security on the table.  Relative to fighting about cuts to the stalwart retirement program, that’s called “playing offense,” and given that Social Security is the most solid leg of the three-legged retirement stool (Soc Sec, pensions,… Read more

Is Economics a Science? (Spoiler alert: Nope…)

August 25th, 2013

Here’s an engaging read from this AMs NYT on why economics doesn’t qualify as a science, and, more fundamentally, asking what is it good for, anyway? On the first point, you’d probably be hard pressed to find even many economists willing to defend our discipline as a science, or at least anything resembling a hard… Read more

Stewardship of Our National Treasures: CBPPs Analyses of the Medicare and Social Security Trustees’ Report

May 31st, 2013

I told you I’d link to these–my CBPP colleagues’ analyses of the Trustees reports on Soc Sec and Mcare–and here they are. Paul’s Medicare analysis echoes some of my earlier points regarding the positive impact of health reform on the Medicare’s finances, and he also pre-empts some potential silliness re claims of “bankruptcy!” The projected  insolvency… Read more