VIDEO: Social Security forum in Tacoma featuring Dean Baker

If you weren't able to attend the Social Security forum in Tacoma on February 20th, watch this short video about how we can address the long-term issues facing Social Security in a way that protects and improves our already great Social Security system. Featuring CEPR Co-director Dean Baker, EOI Policy Director Marilyn Watkins, and others. Video edited by …

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Americans want to raise payroll taxes and Social Security benefits

From the Washington Post: Seventy-three years ago today, the first Social Security checks went out to beneficiaries. The anniversary comes at a difficult time for the program. It narrowly escaped a cut floated by the Obama administration in the fiscal cliff negotiations that would have reduced cost-of-living increases going forward. While it’s not in danger anytime soon, …

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Social Security, Medicare and public investments have one thing in common: They make us richer

Remind me again why I’m supposed to be dismayed about the federal government providing insurance much more efficiently than the private sector? Josh Bivens calls out New York Times columnist David Brooks for setting up a false choice for voters: Social Security/Medicare vs. public investment: Yesterday, David Brooks channeled a deeply flawed presentation by the Third …

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