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  • Big Price Hikes Coming For Medicare Premiums In 2016

    08/16/2015 8:52:26 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 24 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 14 August 2015 | Martha Lynn Craver
    The actual rates for Part B (which covers the costs of doctor visits and outpatient care) will be announced in October and take effect Jan. 1. The boost may be 15% for all participants [$105/month to $121] or a whopping 52% for some [$105/month to $159], depending on whether Social Security recipients see a cost-of-living raise for 2016.
  • Huckabee Aims for Seniors with Social Security Pitch in Florida

    06/02/2015 1:13:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    <p>Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee delivered a strong defense of government safety net programs for seniors at a candidate forum in Florida Tuesday, aiming for retired voters in a state rich with them.</p> <p>While former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have called for raising the retirement age and means-testing Social Security benefits, Huckabee called those proposals “absolutely ridiculous.”</p>
  • Huckabee Bashes Republican Plans to Reform Medicare and Social Security

    04/17/2015 9:46:22 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 17, 2015 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    As he gears up for another presidential campaign, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is making a big break with the Republican party on the issue of entitlement reform. Meeting with reporters at a hotel in Washington, D.C. this morning, Huckabee strongly criticized New Jersey governor Chris Christie's proposal to reform Social Security and said he would not sign Paul Ryan's Medicare reform into law if he were president. "I don't know why Republicans want to insult Americans by pretending they don't understand what their Social Security program and Medicare program is," Huckabee said in response to a question about Christie's...
  • Chris Christie kicks off New Hampshire town hall series

    04/15/2015 10:20:54 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    nbc 2 ^ | 4-15-2015 | AP
    <p>LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is introducing himself to New Hampshire voters in a format he knows well - a town hall meeting.</p> <p>The likely 2016 Republican presidential contender drew a capacity crowd Wednesday to his first town hall in New Hampshire, in Londonderry. He opened the event by talking about his life story.</p>
  • Chris Christie: I now oppose a path to citizenship for illegals

    05/19/2015 8:47:14 AM PDT · by VinL · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 5/19/2015 | Allahpundit
    He told ABC five years ago that he supported citizenship, leaving him with two options now. One: Stick to his guns and give conservatives another reason to treat “Christie” as a curse word. Two: Follow Scott Walker’s lead by pleading ignorance in his earlier views and claiming that he’s since seen the light. Actual quote from Christie: “I have now learned some of the ramifications for all of these things.” What those things might be isn’t clear, but it’d be impolite after such an earnest pander to badger the poor guy for details. He’s trying, Republicans. A for effort? This...
  • Chris Christie: Not Just a Memory

    08/06/2015 10:56:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Chris Christie bills himself as the candidate willing to speak the truth even if his audience doesn't want to hear it. Opening his talk at Beck's Sports Grill, he wastes no time inviting a negative reaction. "The last time I was here was to go to the UNI-Dome," he recalls, referring to the University of Northern Iowa's nearby football venue. "Mary Pat and I are alums of the University of Delaware." At this point, those present drown him out with groans in bitter memory of the Blue Hens' elimination of the Panthers in the Football Championship...
  • CHRIS CHRISTIE -- DEMOCRAT

    04/16/2015 6:10:40 AM PDT · by shortstop · 16 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 04/16/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    Chris Christie can be Hillary Clinton’s running mate. They’re both liberals, they’re both clueless, they’re both egocentrics. And they’re both wrong. We’ll talk about Hillary another day. Today’s subject is Christie. Specifically, his announced intent to “take on” entitlements. He rightly points out that entitlements consume some 70 percent of the federal budget and are a fiscal and social cancer that is destroying America. Entitlements – the “rights” of the welfare state – oblige the taxpayer to fund a limitless number of people receiving a limitless number of dollars over a limitless series of programs. Entitlements are automatic theft, redistribution...
  • In GOP war on Social Security, only Trump gets it

    08/29/2015 7:34:15 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 203 replies
    MySanAntonio ^ | Aug 18 2015 | Paul Krugman
    Republican presidential candidates. who have had to seek contributions from a handful of wealthy contributors, want to cut Social Security. Average Americans love the program; the superwealthy don’t. Something strange is happening in the Republican primary — something strange, that is, besides the Trump phenomenon. For some reason, just about all the leading candidates other than The Donald have taken a deeply unpopular position, a known political loser, on a major domestic policy issue. And it’s interesting to ask why. The issue in question is the future of Social Security, which turned 80 last week. The retirement program is, of...
  • Earth to Paul Krugman and The New York Times: Debt Is Not Good

    08/29/2015 5:05:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Source: Source information located at the bottom of column. First the good news. The federal governmentÂ’s tax receipts are coming in at a rate somewhat higher than what was expected a few months ago. That means a shut-down-the-government debt limit stalemate will be pushed back until November or December. It also means that the federal debt will actually decline a bit this year. Now for the bad news. We are experiencing the calm before the storm. The Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday that although our fiscal situation is improving, by 2018 we will snap back to swelling deficits and unsustainable...
  • Two Misguided Campaigns: Ending Birthright Citizenship and Raising Social Security Retirement Age

    08/21/2015 9:42:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/21/2015 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Ending birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants and raising the retirement age for Social Security are two causes Republicans tend to favor more than Democrats. But different groups of Republicans are enthusiastic about each idea: very roughly speaking, the base and the establishment, respectively. (There is, of course, some overlap: Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Rand Paul are for both ideas.) These ideas seem to me to have a few things in common. They’re neither necessary nor sufficient to solve the underlying problems with which they are associated (too much illegal immigration and insolvent entitlements); campaigning for them...
  • Marco Rubio: Saving Social Security in the 21st Century

    08/15/2015 6:04:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/2015 | Marco Rubio
    This week, America marked two significant milestones in its history. Friday was the 80th anniversary of Social Security, a program that has helped millions of seniors, including my parents, retire with dignity. Saturday is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, when the most violent conflict in human history ended as an American victory. We refer to the Americans responsible for these accomplishments as the “Greatest Generation.” In less than two decades, they survived economic catastrophe, triumphed in a global conflict, and laid the foundation for unparalleled prosperity for their children in what would become an American...
  • Things to know about Social Security at 80: Is It Overhaul time?

    08/14/2015 5:06:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo Finance via AP ^ | 08/14/2015 | By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
    Social Security turns 80 on Friday, and the massive retirement and disability program is showing its age. Social Security's disability fund is projected to run dry next year. The retirement fund has enough money to pay full benefits until 2035. But once the fund is depleted, the shortfalls are projected to be enormous. The stakes are huge: Nearly 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children get monthly Social Security payments, and that number is projected to grow to 90 million over the next two decades. And the timing is bad: Social Security faces these problems as fewer employers are...
  • Some Receipts, Outlays, and Balances of the United States Government

    08/10/2015 2:26:18 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 3 replies
    Federal government agencies ^ | August 10, 2015 | williamofcarmichael
    Some may find this interesting and germane to today's federal budget issues.. it's data from the "Combined Statement of Receipts, Outlays, and Balances of the United States Government". Below in my reply are the data and the links. Only the first few lines of the hundreds of lines are shown.
  • Cyber Insecurity…How the Government is Failing to Protect Money Owed to Our Seniors and Veterans

    08/05/2015 6:27:13 PM PDT · by homelandnsecurities · 3 replies
    Medium.com ^ | 8/5/2015 | Homeland Insecurities
    Year after year the American people have been constantly warned of the impending doom that are their Social Security benefits due to fact that there are now more people collecting Social Security than paying into it. While the controversy over the future of Social Security is well known, what has not received much attention is that right now Americans are in danger of having their benefits delayed, and not just their Social Security checks. Veterans who fought for this country, and who are dependent on financial support from the Veterans Administration (VA) to purchase medicine or treatment could also see...
  • Did You Ever Notice the Asterisk on Your Social Security Statement?

    07/31/2015 4:12:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | July 31, 2015 | Myra Adams
    While engaging in the mundane task of gathering financial statements for a “secure retirement” meeting with my husband’s and my adviser, this Baby Boomer stumbled upon documented proof that our nation does not have the guts to confront one of its most serious economic problems. The realization came when I pulled from my files a document statement innocently titled, “Your Social Security Statement.”
  • Did You Ever Notice the Asterisk on Your Social Security Statement?

    07/30/2015 7:26:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/30/2015 | Myra Adams
    While engaging in the mundane task of gathering financial statements for a “secure retirement” meeting with my husband’s and my adviser, this Baby Boomer stumbled upon documented proof that our nation does not have the guts to confront one of its most serious economic problems. The realization came when I pulled from my files a document statement innocently titled, “Your Social Security Statement.” At first glance, the statement did not appear menacing. I was told I could expect to receive a benefit of “about $2,136 a month” upon reaching age 70 — which certainly seems like good news. But...
  • A cut to Social Security disability benefits may be around the corner

    07/25/2015 4:54:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/25/2015 | By Jonnelle Marte
    The annual check-up for Social Security is in, and one program looks more dire than the rest. If Congress doesn’t act, people receiving Social Security disability benefits could see a nearly 20 percent cut to payments at the end of next year, according to the latest version of the Social Security trustees report released Wednesday. The disability trust fund will be depleted by the fourth quarter of 2016, leaving the administration with enough income to pay 81 percent of benefits, according to the report, which is updated annually. The health of the Social Security program didn’t change by much, and...
  • Dems Talk About Expanding Social Security As It Careens Toward Insolvency

    07/23/2015 4:27:37 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/22/2015 | John Merline
    The Social Security Administration's latest annual report says what it has been saying for several years now — its disability insurance program will become insolvent in 2016.
  • Social Security Disability checks face 19 percent cut in 2016 unless solution found

    07/23/2015 2:55:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Charleston Post and Courier / The Associated Press ^ | July 22, 2015 | David Slade &#58977;
    Goose Creek resident Kelly Schuler said he was earning a six-figure income in corporate sales when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and after his symptoms became apparent and he lost his job, Social Security Disability Insurance payments became his financial lifeline. Now he finds himself among the 11 million Americans who could see their monthly checks slashed by 19 percent next year, unless federal lawmakers address a looming shortfall in the Social Security fund that pays disability benefits. The main Social Security fund that pays retiree and survivor benefits is not expected to run short for another two decades,...
  • Social Security Disability Fund Could Run Dry in 2016

    07/22/2015 12:57:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 22, 2015
    The 11 million people who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year — unless Congress acts, the government said Wednesday. The trustees that oversee Social Security said the disability trust fund will run out of money in late 2016, right in the middle of a presidential campaign. That would trigger an automatic 19 percent cut in benefits. The report said the fund faces "an urgent threat" that requires prompt action by Congress. There is an easy fix available: Congress could shift tax revenue from Social Security's much larger retirement fund, as it has done in the past.
  • Lawyer: Threat widens in federal gun grab (Who will be next?)

    07/21/2015 9:48:20 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 42 replies
    WND ^ | July 21, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    Vets targeted, then Social Security recipients, then those with student loans and ... It began with letters from the Veterans Administration informing returning veterans they were being declared incompetent and someone would be appointed to handle their financial affairs. The veterans then were told they, consequently, could no longer own weapons. Now the same plan is being considered for recipients of Social Security, the Los Angeles Times said. The paper said the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they “lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs.” The report describes to the...
  • Obama plans to deny gun rights to selected Social Security recipient

    07/20/2015 6:26:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/20/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Most sneaky and underhanded attempts I've ever seen to take away people's constitutional rights We’ve often talked here about the Democratic Party’s goal of making sure at least half the population is dependent on government in some way. Mitt Romney was skewered for his comment about the “47 percent,” but the comment was completely valid and very pertinent because it referred to a permanent dependent class that will always vote for the party of government dependency. That’s how the Democrats intend to maintain permanent political power - by making sure that more than half the population is terrified of losing...
  • New Obama plan: ban gun ownership for some Social Security recipients based on “incompetency”

    07/20/2015 5:07:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/20/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    By the pen and the phone.The President is not going quietly into that good night and lame duck isn’t on the menu as far as he’s concerned. Barack Obama’s next fourth quarter play seems to be an attempt to go around congress and restrict the Second Amendment rights of millions of Americans based on data in the Social Security system. Specifically, if you are someone collecting benefits who has their payments handled by another family member or third party, you could find your information being turned over to the feds and your gun rights suspended. (From Fox News) The...
  • REPORT: Obama Looks to Ban Social Security Recipients from Owning Guns

    07/20/2015 2:23:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 19, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Back in 2008 Barack Obama promised his supporters that he would not take their guns. ““I believe in the Second Amendment. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away… But I am not going to take your guns away. So if you want to find an excuse not to vote for me, don’t use that one because it just ain’t true. It ain’t true.” Via Free Republic:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)His campaign also ran this ad: “Barack Obama WON’T Take Away Your Gun…”But that was in 2008. Now this… Barack Obama is...
  • Obama looks to ban Social Security recipients from owning guns

    07/19/2015 4:48:03 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 61 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 19, 2015
    The Obama administration wants to keep people collecting Social Security benefits from owning guns if it is determined they are unable to manage their own affairs, the Los Angeles Times reported. The push, which could potentially affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others, is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws that prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the United States illegally, and others, according to the paper. The language of federal gun laws restricts ownership to people who are unable to manage their own affairs due to "marked subnormal...
  • Obama pushes to extend gun background checks to Social Security

    07/18/2015 9:46:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 85 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | July 18, 2015 | Alan Zarembo
    Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others. The push is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws regulating who gets reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, which is used to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the country illegally and others. A potentially large group within Social Security are people who,...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,July 13-17,2015

    07/13/2015 2:21:05 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 101 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | July 13-17, 2015 | Mark Levin
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  • Here’s What You Can Really Expect from Social Security

    07/13/2015 3:37:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | July 13, 2015 | by Philip Moeller
    The projected Social Security shortfall is likely to hit younger workers hardest. Social Security has two trust funds: the Old-Age and Survivors (OAS) fund, and its smaller sibling, the Disability Insurance (DI) fund. Last year’s report said the combined reserves of both funds would be exhausted in the year 2033, at which time it could pay only 77¢ on the dollar of its benefit obligations. The DI fund, however, faces a more immediate crisis. It will run out of money in 2016—as in next year—and its 0.9% payroll tax levy will then collect only enough to pay 81% of its benefit obligations....
  • (Thanks to Lindsey Graham) Bad News For Social Security and Medicare

    07/13/2015 11:10:00 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 38 replies
    The Crux ^ | July 10, 2015 | Michael Ford
    The 2016 presidential race is heating up, and politicians are already talking about the subject of “Social Security reform…” But don’t be fooled – this seemingly innocuous phrase hides the true intention of this political rhetoric: Social Security cuts. For example, Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, who is pegged to run for the republican ticket, recently told a reporter: “I’m going to ask [people] to give up a little bit to make sure the system doesn’t fail… If we don’t, the baby boomers are going to wipe out Social Security and Medicare. We’ll become Greece.” Graham has been proposing...
  • Social Security Is the Titanic Headed For the Iceberg

    06/25/2015 7:51:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    RCM ^ | 06/25/2015 | Andrew Biggs
    There is bad news to come regarding Social Security - not merely for the "1 percenters" but for ordinary Americans, who must either pay more to Social Security or receive less from it. Expanding Social Security, as some of members of Congress have proposed, isn't rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. It is like adding more passengers. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released its latest financing projections for the Social Security program, showing a long-term funding shortfall that has more than quadrupled since 2008. The program's trust fund, which in 2008 the CBO projected would last until mid-century,...
  • The latest Social Security horror story

    06/22/2015 6:10:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Instead of accepting their application for benefits to begin at age 70, the agency's representative instead gives the person a six-month retroactive payment! This act resets the person's entitlement back to what it was six months prior and wipes out half a year of Delayed Retirement Credits (DRCs). The person loses 4 percent off their monthly benefit check in exchange for a six-month lump-sum payment they didn't ask for and don't want. ... "Based on SSA regulations, retroactivity is automatically applied to applications filed after FRA unless retroactivity is expressly restricted by the claimant," he wrote. "If this is a...
  • Big Changes Coming for Medicare, Social Security

    06/17/2015 10:38:47 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 44 replies
    Kiplinger ^ | June 16, 2015 | Martha Lynn Craver,
    Republicans will risk political pushback to put entitlement programs on the agenda during the presidential election. Some changes are in the wind for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid—entitlement programs that account for 45% of the federal government’s payouts. Many of the changes are still years away. But some of them will start next year, smack in the middle of the presidential election campaign, forcing candidates to address issues that they and their advisers generally try to steer clear of when they’re running. Kicking off the rare election-year debate: a move to rescue the Social Security disability fund image: http://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png before...
  • Hackers nabbed data on every federal employee, union claims

    06/11/2015 10:09:38 PM PDT · by dennisw · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 12, 2015
    A major cyberattack on U.S. federal personnel data was far graver than the Obama administration has acknowledged, with hackers obtaining information on every federal employee, the president of a government workers union claimed Thursday. In a letter to the director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), said that based on the information provided by the OPM, the hack was much broader than previously thought. “Based on the sketchy information OPM has provided, we believe that the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database, and that...
  • SHOULD WE RETIRE RETIREMENT?

    06/10/2015 7:37:19 AM PDT · by shortstop · 90 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 06/10/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    I’m not sure retirement is a good thing. Not the way it’s done now. The way it’s done now, it seems to me that we’re marginalizing our most skilled workers, fostering idlers and turning old age into a near useless stage of life. It used to be that people didn’t retire. They worked til they died. And if they couldn’t work, hopefully their family or their church took care of them. But everyone who was physically and mentally able to do some useful task did so. The difficulty arose when people became what used to be called senile, or when...
  • Liberals Who Love Huckabee: I used to be one of them. I still sort of am.

    06/08/2015 8:40:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 5, 2015 | Bob Moser
    I thought I could quit him. I swear I did. From the first time we met, in Iowa in 2007, Mike Huckabee was nothing but trouble, unsettling my fixed ideas, seducing me into pooh-poohing some of my staunchest convictions. The man was never really my type—the farthest thing from it—but you know how that can make an attraction stronger. Forbidden love and all that. Most of my friends, of course, never approved. He's not like the rest of them, I'd protest. When he says he hates Wall Street and wants to build infrastructure, he means it. He's a Republican poking...
  • Cruz roundup: Social Security plan, pitch-perfect speech, South Carolina logjam

    06/08/2015 1:58:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz outlined how he would fix Social Security, striking a balance between candidates who propose immediate cuts and those who wish to leave it mostly in place.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz said he’d keep benefits the same for seniors and those close to retirement in a June 4 interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. For everyone else, he’d propose gradually increasing the retirement age, limiting the increase in benefits to the inflation rate and allowing workers to keep some of their tax payment in a private account. Cruz makes strong impression on conservative non-profit The Council for National Policy–a secretive, conservative non-profit...
  • Greenspan: US 'Way Underestimating' the National Debt

    06/07/2015 7:02:37 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 45 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 07 Jun 2015 11:35 AM
    Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, said a Social Security Trust Fund does not exist and that the U.S. is “way underestimating” the size of its national debt. “The notion that we have a trust fund is nonsense – that trust fund has no meaning whatsoever except for the fact as an all private fund to benefit programs, if it runs out of money, you can only pay out in cash flows that come in but the probability that will happen is not particularly high,” Greenspan recently told the Fiscal Summit held by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation,...
  • Study: Social Security overpaid disability benefits by $17B

    06/05/2015 12:18:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2015 3:09 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    A government watchdog says Social Security overpaid disability beneficiaries by nearly $17 billion over the past decade. Many payments went to people who earned too much money to qualify for benefits, or to people who weren’t disabled anymore. Some payments went to people who had died or to prison inmates. …
  • Jeb Bush: Social Security Means-Testing 'Ought to Be Considered'

    06/01/2015 2:49:39 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 105 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 1, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Jeb Bush says he would considering pushing back the Social Security retirement age by as many as five years and scaling back benefits for Americans who paid into the system but who also have accumulated wealth. "We need to look over the horizon and begin to phase in, over an extended period of time, going from (age) 65 to 68 or 70. And that by itself will help sustain the retirement system for anybody under the age of 40," Bush, a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination, told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Bush also wants...
  • How Hackers Steal Your Social Security Number

    06/01/2015 6:06:16 AM PDT · by the_boy_who_got_lost · 8 replies
    LinkedIn.com ^ | Timothy Martens
    Your Social Security Number can be stolen in under an hour. And hundreds of website run by the government, universities and financial institutions among other companies are at fault. ... ... ... It works essentially in the following way. Is my victim's SSN 123-45-6789? No! Is my victim's SSN 123-45-6790? No! Is my victim's SSN 123-45-6788? Yes! ... ... ... Very commonly all the hacker needs is: A victim’s last name A victim's birth date A vulnerable website the victim uses. ... ... ... Are any big players exposing SSN’s? I have a list of hundreds of websites who are...
  • The new debate about Social Security

    05/28/2015 4:52:18 AM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 40 replies
    LifeHealthPro.com ^ | 15 April 2015 | Brenton Smith
    Between Chris Christie and Senator Warren (D-MA), Social Security reform is getting more media coverage today than at any time in the past 30 years. From hearing the details, you might conclude they are talking about different government programs. They aren’t. These people are part of the changing debate that is taking shape in Washington. For decades, any problem that developed within Social Security was fixed by shifting the cost to future workers. Today that isn’t possible. What is the problem? Social Security contains a massive imbalance between resources and promises. The Trustees of the Social Security’s Trust Funds estimate...
  • The Ticking Fiscal Time Bomb of Social Security

    05/12/2015 9:06:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Finance Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    America has a giant long-run problem largely caused by poorly designed entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. So when I wrote last month about proposals by some Democrats to expand Social Security, I was less than enthusiastic. …demographic changes and ill-designed programs will combine to dramatically expand the size of the public sector over the next few decades. So it’s really amazing that some politicians, led by the clownish Elizabeth Warren, want to dig the hole deeper. …I’m surprised demagogues such as Elizabeth Warren haven’t rallied behind a plan to simply add a bunch of zeroes to...
  • Mike Huckabee: Americans don’t want Social Security reform

    05/10/2015 12:21:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday that his opposition to reforming Social Security doesn’t make him sound like a Democrat — but like an American. The former Arkansas governor has broken with his party and his rivals for the nomination by opposing GOP proposals to cut benefits or raise the retirement age for Social Seucurity and transform Medicare into a voucher-style program, measures aimed at preventing the popular programs from going broke. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/10/mike-huckabee-americans-dont-want-social-security-/#ixzz3ZlVVjFNC Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Harvard, Dartmouth: Social Security forecasts have been too optimistic — and increasingly biased

    05/09/2015 2:14:24 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 9, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    [snip] Studies from Harvard and Dartmouth this week corroborate Bush’s warnings on Social Security, and further accuse the SSA of increasing bias in its analyses in order to maintain the illusion of a slower decline: [snip] researchers find that the SSA’s actuarial forecasts have been consistently overstating the financial health of the program’s trust funds since 2000. “These biases are getting bigger and they are substantial,” said Gary King, co-author of the studies and director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. “[Social Security] is going to be insolvent before everyone thinks.” … Researchers examined forecasts published in the annual...
  • Study: Social Security 'going to be insolvent before anyone thinks'

    05/09/2015 10:53:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/09/2015 | Rick Moran
    <p>According to the government, the Social Security trust fund is due to go broke in 2033. But two recent studies show that the Social Security Administration is using incorrect accounting procedures and that the fund will run out of the money years before that.</p>
  • Iowa Kingmaker Ditches Huckabee: He Sounds Like Hillary; I’m Going with Cruz

    05/08/2015 11:19:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 8, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Despite his socially-conservative bona fides, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has officially lost the support of Iowa’s influential talk radio host Steve Deace — a dramatic shift from their supportive relationship in the 2008 Republican Party primaries. Deace has been described as a “hitmaker” and “one of the most powerful Republicans you’ve never heard of” because his stumping for Huckabee was seen as a substantial contributor to the former governor’s 2008 Iowa caucus victory. But, in 2016, Deace is not thrilled with Huckabee’s support for entitlement programs. As MMfA first reported, during the May 6 edition of the Steve Deace...
  • Trump: Huckabee can't protect entitlements like I can

    05/07/2015 8:41:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | May 7, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    New York real estate mogul Donald Trump said Thursday that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) could not prevent funding cuts to entitlement programs if elected president in 2016. “Huckabee is a nice guy but will never be able to bring in the funds so as not to cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid,” Trump tweeted. “I will.” Trump, a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, also argued Huckabee was stealing his potential campaign ideas. “Huckabee copied me,” Trump wrote. “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare &...
  • Americans don't like big government - but like programs like SS & Medicare

    04/30/2015 2:45:36 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 85 replies
    Yahoo.news ^ | 04/30/15 | Amanda Becker
    a new poll shows that Republican voters who rally to that cry still want to maintain many federal programs. The results, from an online poll of 4,770 adults from April 10 to 24, highlight a dilemma for Republican candidates such as Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas who have made reducing the size of government a top campaign theme.
  • Christie's Social Security Reform Hurts America, Particularly Minorities

    04/22/2015 5:28:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Star Parker
    Some are touting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's proposal to take an ax to Social Security as an act of bold political leadership. Sorry, I see the opposite. America needs leadership to replace old dysfunctional baggage with new programs and ideas fitting for a free 21st-century country. We don't need those who think leadership is retrofitting the country into our old baggage. It's the latter that Christie proposes. His "solution" to the impending bankruptcy of Social Security is to phase out benefits for retirees earning $80,000 to $200,000 and above and increase the retirement age from 67 to 69, and...
  • Cuts in Social Security, Confiscation, or Wealth Redistribution?

    04/20/2015 5:05:31 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/20/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If anything needs cutting or confiscating is the politicians' power and insatiable desire to spend the taxpayers' money The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, gave a speech on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in which he proposed, among other things, raising the retirement age from 67 to 69. He stated that, “We should remember that Social Security at its core should be retirement insurance. I’m suggesting that Americans pay into the system throughout the course of their life, knowing that it will be there, if they need it, to support them in their later years, so seniors will not grow...