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No facts? No problem for Social Security opponents

Mustache aficionado Robert Samuelson pushed some voodoo economics about Social Security in his latest column for the Washington Post – and now he (along with the Washington Post) is receiving some well-deserved ridicule for it. At least four different experts – including Nobel Prize winning economist

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What do Pearl Jam and Dean Baker have in common? Even Flow

As “Dean Vedder” would sing it (with apologies to Eddie): Freezin’ pension contributions hurts your long-run, again Oh, feelin’ maybe we’ll see a little better, P&E rate, ooh yeah Oh, maxin’ contributions makes too hard on your seniors, ah Oh,

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Check, Retirement Security, Social Security

The beginning of the end for middle-class retirement in America?

Every year, retirement seems out of reach for more Americans. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, 66% of Americans say their biggest financial concern is being unable to save enough money to retire – up from 53% in 2011. For

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Social Security

Ingird McDonald: How paid sick leave improves care for aging parents

Ingird McDonald: How paid sick leave improves care for aging parents

January 30, 2012

Testimony from Ingrid McDonald, AARP Advocacy Director In Support of Paid Sick Leave (SB 6229 / HB 2508) AARP supports SB 6229 / HB 2508 to establish paid sick leave because we think it is sound public policy and because

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The Straight Facts on Social Security

The Straight Facts on Social Security

November 20, 2011

Social Security is far more than a retirement program Social Security is the bedrock of economic security for millions of children, workers and retired Americans. During recessions, Social Security benefits help stabilize communities everywhere. Social Security provides benefits to 55

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Social Security 101

Social Security 101

November 20, 2011

Social Security is the bedrock of economic security for millions of children, as well as working and retired Americans. The Social Security system currently operates at a surplus, and with a few minor tweaks, will continue to do so now

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Just Scrap the Cap on Social Security

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZQlbtlErLo] Don’t think Social Security cuts affect you? Think again. Because if Social Security is cut, your parents might be movin’ in. Here’s the deal: right now, everyone pays Social Security taxes on the first $106,800 they earn, which means

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Video: Just Scrap The Cap

October 18, 2011

With every paycheck, we contribute to Social Security. So do our employers. That’s how the program is funded. Then when we reach retirement age, incur a disability, or if a breadwinner dies, we are protected by modest but dependable monthly

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

Under Attack: Washington’s Middle Class and the Jobs Crisis

Under Attack: Washington’s Middle Class and the Jobs Crisis

July 21, 2011

The American Dream used to mean that if you put in a hard day’s work, you could expect good wages, benefits, and a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life

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Rebuilding the Foundation

Rebuilding the Foundation

July 18, 2011

A secure and dignified retirement is one of the hallmarks of America’s middle class. But its foundation – a combination of Social Security, pensions, and savings – is no longer secure. While Social Security is on solid financial footing for

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