Let’s Defend Social Security and Other Entitlements With the Second Bill of Rights

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 3:20 pm

We can’t look at Social Security and our other entitlements in isolation. We have to fight and win the battle for FDR’s economic bill of rights, and for an expansion of all the entitlements in the American social safety net; now the stingiest, most inadequate safety net among modern industrial nations!


Schumer Rejects Base-Broadening Tax Reform, But Proposes “Entitlement Reform” as an Enticement for GOP

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 12:10 pm

Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate and basically the avatar of the Democratic messaging operation, just gave a speech to the National Press Club about the expectations for tax policy in the lame duck session. And he basically rejected the emerging bipartisan approach to lower tax rates and “broaden the base” by closing loopholes.

No Plan B?

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 6:45 am

Bob Woodward’s releasing a new book, so we are now seeing articles based on it. A few days back, The Washington Post published the ”Inside story of Obama’s struggle to keep Congress from controlling outcome of debt ceiling crisis.” This account is a pretty downbeat one of how our political leaders and President Obama handled the debt ceiling crisis of the summer of 2011. I want to comment on what for me was the most salient point: that during the crisis, the President had no “Plan B” to get around the debt ceiling beyond negotiating a deal with Congress.

David Brooks Doesn’t Have Access to the Medicare Trustees Report

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 2:45 pm

David Brooks makes one of his usual balanced pitches for the Romney-Ryan ticket. As usual, just about everything of substance in the piece is wrong.

He begins by bemoaning the fact that: “Entitlement spending is crowding out spending on investments in our children and on infrastructure.” Nope.

Voters Value Entitlements Over Deficit Reduction

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 11:30 am

While Americans claim to, in the abstract, care about the deficit, they overwhelmingly don’t want entitlement programs cut to reduce the deficit.

Alan Simpson: One Tit Down, 309,999,999 to Go

By: Wednesday May 23, 2012 2:15 pm

Alan Simpson, the most avuncular-looking Mean Girl in Washington, is back at it again. He fired off a letter to the California Alliance of Retired Americans, months after making an appearance in the Golden State that included a protest by this group. It was clearly eating at his soul so much that he had to “set ‘em straight” on how they should shut up and take the reduction of future Social Security benefits for all Americans with some more dignity and grace.

GOP Candidates Debate, Obscure US Industrial Policy

By: Friday January 27, 2012 3:55 pm

You might have missed the segment in last night’s GOP debate where CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked carefully prepared questions about what America’s industrial policy ought to be. That’s because he didn’t — not that I’m criticizing Wolf, who did much better than the pathetic Brian Williams and hapless John King — but the candidates nevertheless indirectly gave us their own ugly visions.

Two Days After Promising Constituents on the Safety Net, Durbin Says Democrats Must “Talk About Entitlement Reform”

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 2:05 pm

A couple days ago, Dick Durbin was confronted by constituents in Illinois and forced to take a position assuring protection of Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. Two days later, he offered to put “entitlements” on the table in exchange for phony GOP tax proposals that benefit the rich.

Why Does Robert Samuelson Have Such a Difficult Time Dealing With Reality?

By: Monday November 7, 2011 7:00 am

Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson can’t find the actual data on what’s driving the deficits and how to address them, so he concocts a “centrist” position that, surprise, calls for cuts to “entitlements” and programs that matter to the folks hit hardest by the recession.

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