Category Archives: Social Security

(Some) Democrats Are Also the Reason Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Commandante Atrios comments on another failed attempt by the Obama administration to cut Social Security benefits (the chained CPI-indexing; boldface mine): I’m not totally unfamiliar with various people in the White House. As Brian Beutler writes One of the White … Continue reading

Posted in Democrats, Fucking Morons, Social Security | 8 Comments

Sen. Warren Is Doing a Good Job But…

…regarding Social Security, I think she needs to change her tune a little. Sen. Warren (boldface mine): Last week, the president and vice-president of the centrist think-tank Third Way accused Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) of ignoring what they call Social … Continue reading

Posted in Democrats, Social Security | 4 Comments

The Fundamental Divide Within the Democratic Party

Unlike many in punditocracy, I am far less sanguine about the Democrats’ prospects in 2016. Why? Because, as Michael Lind notes, there is a fundamental, unresolved divide in the Democratic Party (boldface mine): Unlike the Roosevelt Democrats of the New … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, Democrats, Social Security, Unions | 5 Comments

What Chained CPI Really Means

Yves Smith (boldface mine): To put it more bluntly, no one is willing to talk about the fact that Social Security and Medicare cuts equal having old people die faster and that the proposals to do that are indirect and … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Social Security

Social Security and the CPI Cuts: A Solution to a Bogus Non-Crisis

Very few scientists or science writers are so wealthy that they can ignore what happens to Social Security, so you might want to read this. Once again, despite its immense unpopularity, our political betters including some Democrats and the Obama … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Democrats, Fucking Morons, Social Security | 3 Comments

Social Security and Medicare Are DOOMED! Or Maybe Not

Last week, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees reports were released. As many have noted, the two funds are predicted to have pay out more than their dedicated taxes raise in about two decades. Same as it ever was. Regular … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Healthcare, Social Security | 1 Comment

Almost Two-Thirds of Your 401(k) Will Wind Up in Wall Street’s Pockets

We’ve discussed many times before how the 401(k) retirement system is a scam, but, if you don’t believe me, how about some basic arithmetic for ya–it’s the ‘management fees’ that fleece you (boldface mine): Pull up a compounding calculator on … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Social Security | 6 Comments

I Would Like to Thank Obsessive Republicans for Saving Social Security From Obama

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Then it winds up on TMZ. Or something. With whispers of impeachment in the air, things are starting to resemble the Clinton era a little bit. What many forgot (or never … Continue reading

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The Grand Bargain Betrayal: Obama Lied to Rank-and-File Democrats on a Core Issue

I’m not naive about politicians. They will typically attempt to have their cake and eat it too on most issues. They will make ‘committed non-committals’ to leave themselves to maneuver. But a cardinal rule of politics is that when you … Continue reading

Posted in Democrats, Social Security | 3 Comments

A Judge Saved Us From Obama’s Policy Towards Plan B. Maybe One Can Do Something About His Assault on Plan C?

Probably not, but one can hope. To use a phrase. The good news is that a federal judge–a Republican appointee no less–overturned the Obama Administration’s craven and cowardly stance on Plan B, allowing emergency contraception to be sold over the … Continue reading

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