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I like constancy. Knowing that, come spring, the forsythia will bloom is a good thing. But I don’t like knowing that, when Newsweek columnist Robert Samuelson writes something about Social Security, it will be error-filled and disingenuous. Sadly, this too is a constant. A few years back, Samuelson inspired me to invent the Samuelson Unit,…

…then maybe the middle-aged and the young in the U.S. can too? The most recent attempt to weaken the most effective U.S. anti-poverty program ever–Social Security–involves cutting benefits, but only for those who currently are younger than 55 years old. As Matthew Yglesias notes, this is…unusual: After all, this isn’t how any other kind of…

One of the maddening things about the Social Security ‘debate’ is the assumption that Social Security will be ‘insolvent’ in several decades (oddly enough, every year like clockwork, the several decades prediction is renewed….). It won’t be. The Social Security Trustees release three estimates of the long term health of the Social Security program. These…

It would be for the best. First, some general thoughts. I had the distinct sense Obama was trying to run the clock out. He knew he had to say something, but has no room to maneuver. Thanks to his mediocre first two years and his enabling of conservative talking points (which one wonders if that’s…

Why Blogs Matter: Social Security and the News

There’s a very interesting interview with William Greider about Social Security (no, really, it is worth reading). But I think part of the interview highlights why blogs and other non-traditional media forms have such power (italics mine): TL: How does this play out in day-to-day reporting? WG: My sense from the way stories are written…

Some Thoughts About the Obama-McConnell Plan

Obama’s recent tax/unemployment deal with Republicans is a lot less demoralizing once one recognizes that Obama is a Republican, albeit not a completely batshit lunatic one. So I wasn’t really going to comment on the most recent Obama capitulation. But several readers asked me for my thoughts on the subject, so here they are: 1)…

Like many in the Coalition of the Sane, I’m shocked by The NY Times’ willingness to run an article on the front page that states this: If the economy grew one half of a percentage point faster than forecast each year over the next two decades — no easy feat, to be fair — the…

I received a email and got a link to this Daily Kos campaign to support Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s campaign to be House Minority Leader next term: As you read this, Pelosi is mulling over whether to run for House Minority Leader. The basic process involves counting her supporters. If she is going…

Terrance at the Republic of T describes what should be obvious about conservative opposition to Social Security, but is not thanks to gormless Democrats and an incompetent political journalist caste (italics original; boldface mine): Maybe that’s why they fought so hard to protect bonuses and compensation for Wall Street banksters. They will likely fight as…

Robert Samuelson has a penchant for willingly misinterpreting data. Time was, the newspaper bidness considered that to be a bad thing. Given his track record on Social Security, which led me to create the Samuelson Unit, it should be no surprise whatsoever that Samuelson screws up educational data. Bob Somerby, rightfully offended by Samuelson’s false…