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Cato Institute: “A Real Lockbox for Social Security”

Here’s some interesting commentary from Michael D. Tanner over at the Cato Institute. Though Tanner wrote this in 2005, much of what he says regarding the state of Social Security is still true–if not truer–12 years later: “As we know by now, Social Security is facing many problems that will require long-term, comprehensive reform. But… Continue Reading

Sugar and the “Senior Moment”

Do you ever walk into your kitchen and forget what you walked in there to find? Maybe you’ve tried to look for your keys or a pair of scissors in the refrigerator a time or two. Or you’ve pulled the classic I’m-Looking-at-my-10-Year-Old-Grandchild-and-I-Honestly-Can’t-Remember-this-Kid’s-Name-Right-Now. Oh, the Senior Moment. At best, it’s just one of the side effects… Continue Reading

The Trustees urge Congress to act on Social Security…yet again.

In last week’s Social Security finance report, the Social Security Trustees yet again exhorted Congress to bring Social Security reform front and center–before time and options run out. For several years, the Trustees’ annual assessment hasn’t changed: the Trust Fund faces imminent insolvency, and the sooner we move to counteract it, the more choices we’ll… Continue Reading

David Asman: “RIGHT NOW the government is grabbing money from seniors’ Social Security accounts to pay for politicians’ spending sprees.”

This is money taken every week from your paycheck that the government guarantees is placed safely in a lockbox until you retire. But that lockbox has been cracked open, and the government is now stealing my parents’ money…and I assume the money of a lot of other retirees, as well. This has to stop. Earlier… Continue Reading

Beware of scam targeting Social Security beneficiaries

Beware of scam targeting Social Security beneficiaries

  The Social Security Administration is warning all Social Security recipients to keep on the look-out for fraudulent callers impersonating Social Security Administration employees. Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, issued an official fraud advisory yesterday warning anyone who receives a phone call from an SSA “employee” asking for personal information to… Continue Reading

A quick guide to consumer price indexes

A quick guide to consumer price indexes

What is a consumer price index? The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) determines Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) each year using establishedconsumer price indexes (CPIs). CPIs are systems by which our government can measure price changes in several different spending areas for a particular demographic or for American consumers in general. Together, these… Continue Reading

Retirement income and expenses: are our benefits and savings enough?

Retirement income and expenses: are our benefits and savings enough?

Income The Pension Rights Center reports in 2014/2015 retirees received income from five primary sources. Percentages are based on retired couples age 65 and older: Social Security:  84% Assets:  62% Pensions:  37% Earnings:  29% Public assistance:  4% According to NewRetirement, average and median income in these areas for a retired couple 65 and older looks… Continue Reading

The “longer lives” myth and how it’s being used to gut your benefits

The life expectancy is much longer today than it was when Social Security was created.                                                              Virginia Foxx, R-NC  Most people understand life expectancy has changed since Social Security started in 1937 when folks lived to be 59 years old. Today, they live to be 77 years old.      … Continue Reading