Social Security News: 4-10-12


USA Today (NAT)

Offer retirement security for all workers


John C. Lui

Let financial professionals who invest New York's pension funds also manage personal retirement accounts for private-sector workers.


ABC News (NAT)

White House Blasts Obama-Appointed Republican Health Care Economist


Devin Dwyer

The White House has unleashed a torrent of criticism on a leading conservative economist  – approved by President Obama in 2010 as a Republican trustee overseeing Medicare and Social Security finances —  for concluding in a new study that the Affordable Care Act will add to the deficit instead of reduce it.


Reuters (NAT)

How to get the most from Social Security


Mark Miller

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The trustees of Social Security will release their annual report on the program's health sometime in the next few weeks, and the news will not be good.The 2012 briefing is expected


Huffington Post (NAT)

Obama and Romney Are Politicians, Not Visionaries


Dean Baker

President Obama and Governor Romney are politicians, not philosophers. They have not made it to the top of the political ladder because of their grand visions of the future. They got their positions by appealing to powerful political actors.


Huffington Post (NAT)

The Undeserving and the Common Good


Gary Dorrien

Tea Party Republicans are quite certain that they deserve their own Social Security and Medicare. But they are outraged that undeserving people get taxpayer-funded benefits from the government.


US News (NAT)

Why the Early-Retirement Trend Reversed in 2011



Study of Social Security claiming patterns shows return to 15-year pattern of later retirements.


Wicked Local Swansea (MA)

LETTER: Social Security tax cut comes with a price


Al Sunderland

Few Americans know the details of a bill passed by Congress in February which further threatens the future of Social Security. The bill cuts workers Social Security taxes in 2012 by over $200 billion.


San Jose Mercury News

Economic inequality hurting recovery, ex-labor secretary says in Monterey 


Kevin Howe

Both agreed that entitlement programs — Medicare and Social Security — must be brought under control and both favored raising the wage limit for paying into Social Security and means-testing those who receive benefits.






Santorum Bows Out, Suspends His Bid For The Republican Nomination


Mark Memmott

The former Pennsylvania senator, who has been Mitt Romney's main challenger in recent weeks for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, pitched himself as the one true conservative in the race.


The New Republic (NAT)

Obama's Comments About The Supreme Court Were Warranted And (mostly) Accurate


Jonathan Cohn

President Obama caused quite a stir last week with a pair of comments he made about the Supreme Court. Some critics said he was citing constitutional law incorrectly. Others said he was trying to intimidate the justices. Some said he was doing both things.


The Economist (NAT)

Health disparities: Beyond the mandate



MARCH brought frenzied attention to Barack Obama’s health law. The Supreme Court heard arguments over its constitutionality. Outside the court, supporters waved their neatly printed posters and tea-partiers waved their scrawled, angry ones. The ruckus centred on Mr Obama’s mandate to buy insurance. America is the rare Western country without a universal insurance scheme. But, as a new study points out, a lack of insurance is only part of America’s health problem.


Rolling Stone (NAT)

Why Obama's JOBS Act Couldn't Suck Worse


Matt Taibbi

Boy, do I feel like an idiot. I've been out there on radio and TV in the last few months saying that I thought there was a chance Barack Obama was lis


The Washington Post (DC)

The bizarre baseline games you need to play to make Obamacare increase the deficit


Ezra Klein

Perhaps there’s no deficit problem at all!

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