Misdirection: Rampell Views Entitlements Through the Generational War Lens

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 11:55 am

So, people who followed the SS and Medicare rules and made their payments over the years rightly view themselves as having paid for their entitlement benefits, regardless of whether their cumulative FICA payments fall short of or exceed the cumulative sum of those benefits. Why shouldn’t they, and why is Catherine Rampell implying that the deal implicit in our major entitlement programs is anything different?

Come Saturday Morning: A Dangerous “Reform”

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 6:45 am

The old-age insurance part of Social Security has been under attack ever since its creation, and the nature and bogosity of the most famous attacks on it haven’t changed much over the decades. But in the last few years, another portion of Social Security, its disability benefits program, has suffered a number of attacks from “reformers” — and some of the worst are apparently from people embedded in the agency.

Government Confiscating Tax Refunds of Children Over Parents’ Debts

By: Friday April 11, 2014 12:29 pm

Got plans for your refund??? Better hope your parents didn’t die owing the government money then, because if they did, you might have to change your plans.

When You Really Look, Financial Quicksand Turns Into Oligarchical BS

By: Sunday March 30, 2014 8:00 am

Abby Huntsman’s first rant about entitlements soliciting generational warfare, got a lot of pushback from defenders. I reviewed the main points made in defense of entitlements, and then added “the most important point of all” as well. Abby made a second try, however.

MSN Money Thinks Millennials’ Retirement Plan Should Be a Cabin in the Woods Stockpiled With Bullets

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 11:15 am

The people over at MSN Money have some pretty insane advice for young people about retirement if you actually try to follow their logic.

How Obama Helped the GOP Become the Party of Old People

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 1:10 pm

For most of the past two decades the Grand Old Party didn’t actually get its support from older voters. Not very long ago the Democratic party had an advantage with senior citizens but that has disappeared since President Obama took office.

The Most Important Point of All Was Ignored

By: Sunday March 23, 2014 12:56 pm

MSNBC’s right wing representative on The Cycle, Abby Huntsman, got a lot of pushback from Social Security defenders after her rant last week. But, there is one point, the most important one of all, which is not made in all these “progressive” push back arguments against Abby Hunstman’s right wing Petersonian “Fix the Debt” rant. That is the point that there is no entitlement crisis and no emergency, and neither an increase in payroll taxes, nor robbing from “future generations” is necessary to close the projected gap after 2033

NRCC Attacks Democrat Over Social Security Cuts

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 11:08 am

To really understand how completely President Obama threw Democrats under the bus by putting chained-CPI in his budget last year, look no further than Florida. There the NRCC is attacking Alex Sink (D) in the special congressional election for saying positive things about Obama’s past grand bargain efforts.

WaPo Tells Liberals That They Have No Political Power: The Case of Social Security

By: Saturday February 22, 2014 11:40 am

The WaPo gets infuriated at the thought that anyone who doesn’t have lots of money could affect political outcomes in the United States. Hence it was quick to run a piece with the headline:

“Liberals didn’t kill Obama’s Social Security cuts: Republicans did.”

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