A brief response to a comment from yesterday’s post. When CBO projects the point at which the Social Security trust fund will be “exhausted” that means there are no more securities to redeem to pay benefits that are now greater than payroll taxes flowing into Social Security, and under current law when this occurs benefits [...]
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For decades, moms and children on welfare have played the role of disparaged stage extras in American politics. It’s pretty disgusting to watch. These families deserve a lot better than they get.
Posted: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 at
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First thoughts on Christopher Hayes’ new book,
Posted: Sunday, June 17th, 2012 at
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What’s at stake goes well beyond “repeal and replace” of health reform.
Posted: Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at
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Commenter Mike Kaplan asks Harold Pollack a question: Why am I paying taxes to take care of your brother-in-law Vincent? He is your family – why don’t you take care of him? Why do you want to force me to sacrifice my time and labor – in taxes – to do what you are not [...]
A commenter believes the taxpayer should not ne supporting my disabled brother-in-law. What do you think?
Posted: Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at
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From Jon Cohn’s report: Alito seemed particularly concerned that, because of the mandate, young, healthy people would have to pay more for their insurance, because they would effectively be subsidizing the sick. In a direct response to the government’s argument that the law’s minimum coverage requirement is “necessary and proper,” Scalia responded that it was [...]
Posted: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 at
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Glenn Loury and I cover Newt Gingrich’s janitorial views, Mitt Romney’s misconceptions on social insurance. We also had some serious talk about the challenges facing young people in Chicago. I feel genuinely blessed to have such conversations with an old friend and mentor.
Posted: Monday, February 6th, 2012 at
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Last week I polled my mostly-undergraduate policy design class at Berkeley as follows: A. Social Security is in very serious financial trouble and probably won’t be there for my parents B. Social Security is in financial trouble and probably won’t be there for me C. Social Security is basically OK and just needs some minor [...]
Posted: Sunday, October 30th, 2011 at
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There’s a spike in small-business formation when people become eligible for Medicare and don’t have to fear losing health insurance if they leave their jobs.