What if the Deficit Hawks Already Got their $4 Trillion and Nobody Noticed It?

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 6:54 am

For several years now, the so called “deficit hawks” have been demanding that the federal government get $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade, because somehow that is the magical number to stop some vague disaster, which also seems to be exactly a few years on the horizon. The push for a mythic [...]

Republican Anti-Tax Pledge May Again Be What Protects Medicare and Social Security

By: Monday January 7, 2013 9:25 am

The best hope for protecting Social Security and Medicare from benefit cuts during the next round of manufactured crises continues to be the Republican unwillingness to accept any new taxes. Top Republicans are very directly calling for benefit cuts in the next round of possible deals. Just yesterday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said [...]

Raising Medicare Age Would Leave Hundreds of Thousand of Seniors Uninsured

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 10:47 am

Increasing the Medicare eligibility age by two years would result in hundreds of thousand of seniors not having health insurance, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress. Some have argued that raising the age is now more acceptable since the Affordable Care Act will find the void, but the ACA is [...]

For the Obama Campaign, It’s All About Taxes

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 8:36 am

The presidential election is over but the Obama campaign operation hasn’t been shut down. It still exists in a more limited form, actively engaging in public outreach and encouraging constituent lobbying. What the Obama campaign is specifically pushing for at this moment, however, offers a telling insight into the thinking of the administration about the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

Raising the Medicare Age Is a Uniquely Terrible Idea

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 12:20 pm

There is probably no single policy being seriously discussed right now that is more idiotic than raising the Medicare retirement age. Not only would this benefit cut produce only modest savings for the federal government, but it would also do it in the most inefficient way possible. It would save the government money but by [...]

Republicans Won’t Name Medicare Cuts They Want and They Don’t Need To

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 10:09 am

While elected Republicans claim they, in general, want entitlement reform, they are currently refusing to put forward any proposals that might actually make it into a final deal. From Politico: A top Democratic official said talks have stalled on this question since Obama and congressional leaders had their friendly-looking post-election session at the White House. [...]

How About Lowering Medicare’s Retirement Age?

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 8:49 am

Even though raising the Medicare retirement age is both deeply unpopular with voters and a terrible policy that saves the federal government only a modest amount of money, it is still treated by the Washington media as an idea to be seriously considered. During what little TV news I’ve watched in the past week, I [...]

Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Raising the Medicare Retirement Age

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 7:46 am

By greater than a two-to-one margin, voters overwhelmingly oppose increasing the Medicare retirement age from 65 to 67, according to a new Washington Post poll. The poll found 67 percent of registered voters oppose raising the Medicare retirement age while just 30 percent of voters support the idea. On the other hand, 60 percent of voters support raising taxes on the rich.

Third Way’s Highly Deceptive Polling on Social Security and Medicare

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 9:11 am

Apparently when all the non-partisan public polling shows your position is unpopular, what you do is commission your own poll based on some highly deceptive questions. The Third Way has released a poll of “Obama voters” which they are claiming shows support for a grand bargain. If you look at the actually survey questions, however, it is clear they don’t pass the laugh test.

A Terrible Time to Cut Public Retirement Programs

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 10:46 am

The real problem with Medicare and Social Security is not that they are too generous, but that they are too stingy. There is currently a slowly unfolding retirement crisis. The move away from defined pension programs to 401(k)s is now starting to bear fruit in the form of a generation of older Americans who lack [...]