President Obama on Wednesday did a remarkable 180-degree turn on Social Security, and for the first time we can claim the president as an ally on expanding, not cutting, the program.
Fewer of us are ready for retirement, and it’s even worse for African Americans, Hispanics and lower-income people. That’s all the more reason we need to strengthen Social Security, according to an Economic Policy Institute report.
Her most declarative statement to date on the issue of where she would stand on various proposals to “reform” Social Security and ensure its long-term solvency comes in the context of a disconcerting history.
Tuesday’s CNN town hall debate missed an opportunity to clarify where Clinton stands on expanding Social Security. Now a petition drive seeks to build political momentum for legislation to improve Social Security benefits.
Where she stands on a bill that would give seniors the same raise that top CEOs have received would say a lot about where she stands on the larger question of expanding instead of cutting Social Security.
What should we make of language in the 2016 budget that puts the administration in opposition to “any measures that privatize or weaken the Social Security system” or “slashes benefits for future generations”?
House Republicans start the new Congress by declaring that tax cuts defy gravity and that future disability payments should be held hostage to set the stage for Social Security cuts.
The Social Security Disability Insurance fund will need to be replenished before then end of 2016. Will Republicans have the governance capacity to make a small adjustment to extend the life of the program?
The only way to deal with candidates who won’t let the facts get in the way of a smarmy campaign ad is to speak the truth with boldness, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren does: “Social Security needs to be expanded.”
The latest survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute points to the need to bolster Social Security benefits for those who will be beginning to claim benefits over the next three decades.