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Liberals think they killed Obama's proposal to trim Social Security benefits in the future. Actually, Republicans did.

Warren's tweak isn't a good one. But using Social Security to deal with the looming retirement crisis is overdue.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 19, 2013
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A new paper looks at why it's so difficult to figure out how progressive the Social Security program is.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 7, 2013
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The IRS and Medicare have announced they don't care if a married couple lives in a state that recognizes that marriage. If the marriage is real, it's good enough for them.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 29, 2013
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The printing and paper industry is trying to make sure you always get your government in hard copy.

Orrin Hatch and Marco Rubio have three amendments that could decide the fate of immigration reform (no pressure).

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 18, 2013
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Whether you want to cut benefits or boost them, raise taxes or cut them, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget's game has it all.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 2, 2013
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The official poverty measure says 9 percent of seniors are in poverty. But an arguably superior metric puts it considerably higher.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 20, 2013
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It used to be that developing a new inflation measure for Social Security would boost benefits. That's no longer true.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 19, 2013
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On the one hand, doing budget math is just solving arithmetic problems. On the other hand, the arithmetic problems were designed by a sadistic madman.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 11, 2013
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If we had adopted chained CPI at the turn of the century, then a 2001 retiree would be getting $869 less in 2013.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 11, 2013
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Obama's budget will likely adopt chained CPI for Social Security and tax increases. Back in December, we explained what that means.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 9, 2013
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Washington spends most of its time fretting over the problems Social Security and Medicare could cause for the budget. But two new reports underscore the problems they might solve for the country.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Apr 5, 2013
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New America Foundation is proposing a big new expansion of Social Security, instead of the usual ideas for cuts. Why? The existing retirement system is broken.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 3, 2013
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NPR has brought attention to potential problems with the nation's most important safety net for the disabled. How can they be fixed?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 29, 2013
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Just because the affluent live longer doesn't mean we can't raise the age for Social Security and Medicare eligibility.

"So essentially, you are in favor of genocide of seniors," wrote one reader in response to my column on the best reason to worry about the deficit. "I was correct in my assessment of you."

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Feb 18, 2013
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Americans want to fix Social Security through tax hikes, not benefit cuts, a new, rigorously conducted survey finds.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 31, 2013
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Politicians who are unwilling or unable to offer a persuasive political or policy rationale for cutting Social Security benefits are instead hiding behind a technocratic rationale. We're not "cutting benefits," we're "correcting our inflation measure."

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 18, 2012
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It looks like the fiscal cliff deal will cut Social Security benefits by moving to "chained-CPI." The problem with that cut? It's very regressive. Here are three ways to save money in Social Security that would reduce the deficit by more than chained-CPI, and hurt the poor less.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 18, 2012
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