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Watch: Social Security’s Role in Solving the Retirement Income Crisis

“We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the children, working families, the sick and the poor. We’re not going to do that.” – Senator Bernie Sanders Today, John Burbank, EOI executive director, and

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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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Keep in mind government’s good works

This past week I flew out to visit my 94-year-old dad in Vermont. We drove around a large part of the state, taking in the Green Mountains, the old towns chartered before the revolution, the pastures and forests and hills…

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‘Scrap the cap’ to keep Social Security fair

The kids are all right. And so are their grandparents. Why? Because Social Security is there — for all of us. And we can make that promise even better by making sure we all pay the same tax rate for

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Straight Facts on Social Security 2013

Straight Facts on Social Security 2013

May 31, 2013

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 57

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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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Alaska Senator Mark Begich introduces proposal to scrap the cap, move to better CPI measure

Sitka News reports Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) is prepared to introduce legislation to protect and preserve Social Security benefits for future generations, while shoring up the system’s long-term solvency. Senator Begich introduced his plan in response to President Obama’s proposal to switch to

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More people think a UFO crashed in Roswell than support Social Security cuts

A recent AARP poll of Americans found 84% of voters over 50 years old – across party lines – oppose cutting Social Security in order to reduce the deficit. Just 16% were in favor or didn’t know. To put that

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Social Security Part B?

Ready for a fresh take on Social Security? Check out a new report that bypasses the binary “to cut benefits or not to cut benefits” debate. Instead, the authors of “Expanded Social Security” argue that the current levels of retirement

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Majority of WA Baby Boomers anxious, unprepared for retirement – but it doesn’t have to be that way

A new report from AARP  shows that the majority of boomers (age 45-64) in Washington state are worried about their future finances in retirement. In the report, over half of respondents reported anxiety when thinking about their future finances, with

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