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Time to change the Social Security conversation to include moms, students, kids

A new column by Michael Hiltzik in today’s LA Times demolishes the “sky is falling” critics of Social Security and makes a compelling case for increasing benefits for low-income workers, and expanding coverage to include mothers, students and dependents who

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Rebuilding the foundation of Social Security

[By John Burbank, Executive Director, EOI – cross-posted from The People’s Pension] A secure and dignified retirement was a symbol of American middle class well-being – a hybrid product of government social insurance, the corporate social contract, and the post-World

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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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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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Washington’s Working Women 2012

Washington’s Working Women 2012

December 12, 2011

Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, economic recovery has been barely perceptible for the majority of Americans. Unemployment rates remain high, and poverty rates are climbing. Today, 18% of American families with children under 18, and 30%

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Committee’s failure is nation’s gain

From the Everett Herald: If you only read the headlines, you might think that by not reaching an agreement to cut the nation’s deficit, the congressional “supercommittee” was a colossal failure. But in fact, their failure was our success. We

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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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