Without Progressive Uproar, Social Security and Medicare Face Axe

Reprinted from Common Dreams (October 21, 2013) under Creative Commons License By Jon Queally, staff writer The lines are being drawn for a ‘Grand Bargain’ and the Democrats’ continued willingness to give away role as defenders of safety net and earned benefit programs, say critics, is deeply worrying   If U.S. citizens are increasingly concerned that the Democratic […]

Social Security is for the Little People

Galbraith: Is This the End for the Deficit Drones?

Reprinted from Alternet. By James Galbraith Public opinion is turning on those who seek to cut our social safety net. In wars, sometimes there comes a moment when the tide turns. The collapse of Ludendorff’s offensive in 1918 presaged the Armistice;  failure in the Ardennes meant the end for Germany in 1944. Today we have […]

Saint Ronnie: “Social Security Has Nothing to do with the Deficit”

6 Reasons the Fiscal Cliff is a Scam

Reprinted from Alternet By James K. Galbraith The so-called “fiscal cliff” is a mechanism for rolling back Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Stripped to essentials, the fiscal cliff is a device constructed to force a rollback of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as the price of avoiding tax increases and disruptive cuts in federal civilian […]

The Most Fundamental Misunderstanding About Social Security

By Jeff Nygaard Reprinted (with permission) from Nygaard Notes Recently the Associated Press (AP) published a four-part series of stories examining “the state of Social Security and its long-term health.”  The AP said that “Few things affect more Americans than the future of Social Security, and yet it’s an issue mostly invisible during the current […]

Another New York Times Columnist Attack On Social Security And Medicare

Reprinted from Campaign for America’s Future (July 30, 2012) By Dave Johnson The New York Times contains another elite-columnist attack on our Social Security and Medicare systems today. This time it’s in the form of an op-ed by Bill Keller. Recently and regularly, New York Times columnists David Brooks and Tom Friedman have also gone after the things We, […]

Bill Keller Wants to Take Away Your Social Security and Is Either Too Ignorant or Dishonest to Acknowledge that He Is Not a Typical Baby Boomer

Reprinted from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (July 29, 2012) By Dean Baker The effort by the rich to take away Social Security keeps building momentum. Today Bill Keller urges his fellow baby boomers: “FELLOW boomers, we have done more than our share to make this mess. It’s not our fault that there are […]

Esquire Magazine: Writer wanted to help convert class war into generational war. No skills required; pays top dollar

Reprinted with permission from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (March 30, 2012) By Dean Baker This could well have been the want-ad Esquire used to attract a writer for its story titled, “War Against Youth.” This lengthy piece is the best compendium of warped logic and misplaced facts on this topic since the […]

Why Mitt Romney’s Entitlement-Privatization Plan Is Crazy

By Matt Taibbi “David Brooks, the [gratuitous insult deleted], wrote this this morning entitled “Mitt Romney, the Serious One.” In it, he explained how Romney’s recent decision to unveil a plan for reforming the entitlement system “demonstrates his awareness of the issues that need to define the 2012 presidential election.” Romney grasped the toughest issue – how […]

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