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Social Security news and analysis from The Nation
April 18, 2017
Remember When Donald Trump Promised to Save Social Security?
Instead, the administration is reportedly considering a plan to eliminate the payroll tax and replace it with a VAT.
December 20, 2016
Sham Populism, Shameless Plutocracy
Almost every legitimate function of the federal government could be subverted by Trump’s wrecking crew.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
November 28, 2016
It’s Time to Retire Steny Hoyer
Nancy Pelosi’s leadership is essential to an opposition Democratic Party, but her whip, Steny Hoyer, is a favorite of lobbyists and corporations.
Robert L. Borosage
November 22, 2016
Get Ready for a War on the Poor
With Donald Trump and Paul Ryan in control of government, crucial antipoverty programs like Head Start, food stamps, and Medicaid are imperiled.
September 19, 2016
4 Simple Ways to Help 44 Million Americans With Student Debt
The student-loan-debt crisis is very real, yet policies have failed to respond with any urgency.
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June 7, 2016
How Expanding Social Security Went From ‘Economic Fantasy’ to Mainstream Talking Point in 3 Short Years
Just a few years ago we were on the road to dramatic cuts. Here’s how activists and their congressional allies changed that.
June 3, 2016
Obama Flips on Social Security—a Big Win for Bernie Sanders
The president’s call to strengthen the program is a change of heart, and a breathtaking salute to the Vermont senator.
March 7, 2016
Why Seniors—Not CEOs—Deserve a Raise
Social Security is the most powerful tool available to lift people out of poverty.
March 7, 2016
Is Retirement Facing Extinction?
As public funding for Social Security and age-related benefits wanes, we could be looking at a world without retirement.
February 18, 2016
Why Are Poor Americans Dying So Much Earlier Than Rich Americans?
A study finds widening gaps in longevity between people at the far ends of the economic ladder. That means high earners are reaping more and more of the benefits of Social Security.