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Yes, it’s the Monday before the election and Robert Samuelson wants us to cut Social Security

Yep, he tells us the real national embarrassment is not having a racist, sexist, xenophobic candidate as a major party presidential nominee. It’s not our failure to address global warming so our kids might face a ruined planet. No, Robert

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The Truth About Social Security’s Solvency and You

What’s ahead, what the candidates say, and a forecast for Medicare [By Chris Farrell via Next Avenue] Social Security’s recently released 2016 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees on the system’s financial condition is 272 pages long and a doorstop.

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Time for Washington to make voter registration automatic

In a democracy, all citizens should be able to vote. Laws shouldn’t make it harder to vote. Laws should ease the way to voting. That is, unless we don’t want all citizens to vote. But if that is the case,

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Response to the 2014 Social Security Trustees’ Annual Report: The Straight Facts on Social Security

Executive Summary Every year, the Social Security Trustees are required by law to project the program’s finances 75 years into the future. Recently, the Trustees released their 2014 report – and their intermediate projection confirms Social Security can easily continue

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts, Social Security

Health care helps lessen the fear

I looked out the window as I was getting ready for work and realized that, yes, fall has come to Puget Sound and with it, rain. So we start our six months of gray, dark, rainy weather. Twilight comes earlier

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Just released: 2013 Social Security Trustees’ Report

Released today, the 2013 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ report didn’t hold any big surprises. The Washington Post reports good news on the Medicare side, saying: Slower health care cost growth has improved Medicare’s financial outlook, extending the program’s trust

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Using market leverage on drug prices could save Washington state up to $1.2 billion

Americans pay far higher prices for prescription drugs than do people in other wealthy countries. The reason that other countries spend so much less on drugs is that their governments negotiate prices with the pharmaceutical industry. The United States government

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No sense of citizenship – or shame: Wealthy corporate CEOs want Social Security, Medicare on chopping block

I like to consider myself a sensible guy – someone who can set aside my own self-interest to recognize other people’s need, concerns and desires – particularly when it comes to politics and public policy. But in this case, I’m

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What’s a trillion, anyway?

By David Cay Johnson, from the Columbia Journalism Review Throughout the weeks of intense coverage over the scheduled end of the Bush income tax cuts and the Obama payroll tax cut, reporters routinely cited dollar estimates in the millions, billions, and

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Raising the Medicare eligibility age will cost everyone more

Raising the age for Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67 is front and center in the GOP plan to avoid the fiscal slope – but it’s merely a budgetary sleight of hand that shifts costs to seniors and their families, employers and the states.

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