Dick Durbin Insults Everyone Else’s Intelligence About Social Security

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 5:45 am

The “. . . may run out of money. . . . ” and “. . . dealing with entitlements. . . “ memes, in reply to Chris Wallace’s question suggests that a deal trading increased revenues for Social Security and other entitlement cuts is acceptable to him. So, Durbin’s argument is that because Social Security Trustee and CBO projections, based on very pessimistic economic growth projections for the whole period, show a shortfall in the Social Security “Trust Fund” in 20 years, it is acceptable to make entitlement cuts now if the Democrats can get increased revenue from higher taxes, as if entitlement “reform” were the only way to meet the perceived Social Security solvency problem. But who would it be acceptable to?


Can We Please Stop Pretending Obama is “Capitulating” on Social Security?

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 7:00 am

The President has been very forthcoming about the fact that cutting Social Security benefits is something he wants to do. When he said during the debate that he didn’t differ from Mitt Romney on entitlement reform, he meant it. It’s time for people to remove the rose-colored glasses and stop projecting their own feelings on to the man. It’s time to take him at his word.

LIVESTREAM: Community Forum on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid With Tim Kaine and George Allen

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:03 am

Join us for a Community Forum on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid with Tim Kaine and George Allen live from Fairfax, Virginia.

What’s Next in the Battle to Protect Social Security?

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 9:00 am

Want to know the latest on the pro-austerity campaign to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits behind the public’s back?

Join our Firedoglake Membership webinar Wednesday, August 29th at 8pm Eastern on “Catfood 3.0 and the Ongoing Fight to Protect Social Security” with special guests Nancy Altman, Eric Kingson and Alex Lawson of Social Security Works.

How AARP Can REALLY Help Seniors and Retirees

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 3:30 pm

In response to AARP’s narrow questionnaire and possible leanings toward supporting benefit cuts, Firedoglake has teamed up with CREDO Action, National Organization for Women, Social Security Works and other organizations to launch our own version of the AARP’s “You’ve Earned a Say” survey, slightly modified to be more precise and more inclusive of all views on the future of Social Security and Medicare. Please take a moment to take the survey.

Social Security Works’ Alex Lawson Talks Super Committee Stupidity on C-Span

By: Monday October 24, 2011 2:25 pm

Alex Lawson from Social Security Works answers questions about Social Security and the shameless secrecy and misplaced priorities of the Congressional Super Committee charged with reducing deficits.

Super Committee LIVE!

By: Thursday September 8, 2011 7:28 am

Please leave any ideas for questions to ask supercommittee members in the comments below, if I don’t get to them this time I will try again at their next meeting.

You can also call Senator Murray and Rep. Hensarling to demand they broadcast all meetings, not just the opening statements and canned speeches. Click here for phone numbers and a script.

Toxic Shock: Poll Confirms Social Security Cuts Are Still Political Third Rail

By: Friday November 19, 2010 5:22 pm

Cutting Social Security benefits, either directly or by raising the retirement age, is deeply unpopular. No Democrat should even entertain the notion, especially given that the trust fund currently solvent for the next two decades, and the public is clearly behind the more progressive alternative to dealing with any future shortfall.

Strengthen Social Security, Don’t Cut It

By: Friday September 3, 2010 4:10 pm

In a recent San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate op-ed, Eugene Steuerle, Chair and Fellow at the Urban Institute, advocates lowering the heat on the debate over increasing Social Security’s “Retirement Age.” Let’s turn up the light. Here are why Mr. Steuerle’s “myths” are in fact true.

Livestreaming the Closed Door Fiscal Commission (Part 5): Filling the Simpson Vacuum [Update: Meeting Moved]

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 7:18 am

This is the fifth installment of Social Security Works’ weekly livestream of the Closed Door Debt Commission. The best action is around 9:15am and 11:30am, right as members of the commission are entering and leaving.

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