Social Security Set to Screw Young Adults

Social Security is not a sexy topic. It doesn’t engender the intense interest of a candidate scandal, nor incite the same mortal concerns as an issue like terrorism, or even capture American’s everyday interest like debates over health care or taxes. In many ways it’s just a program that we take for granted – the…
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Young Adults Don’t Think Social Security Will Be Around When They Retire…They’re Probably Right

Politicians speak a great deal about income taxes, and corporate taxes, and death taxes, and sales taxes, and any other type of taxes you can think of. And for good reason. It’s the money we earn by selling goods or services that other people want that is taken by the federal government to do what…
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Tax Day Was Awful, And It’s On Track to Get Worse

Most people absolutely dread April 15. Not only is it an utter hassle to figure out an increasingly complex tax code, it’s a painful reminder of how big the federal government has become. There’s also a decreasing belief among Americans that the amount they pay in income taxes is fair. Gallup writes: “The slight increase…
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When it Comes to Entitlements the Kids are Not Alright

Let’s play a little game of word association. I say a politically-related program or person and you say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? Federal government. How about “inept”? Barack Obama. Maybe, “overwhelmed”? Entitlements. Definitely, “broken”? As to the last word there is should be no question. The latest annual reports from the…
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Trustees’ Report: Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds Will Run Out by 2026

The Medicare Board of Trustees have released their annual report updating the status of Social Security and Medicare, the nation’s largest entitlement programs. The good news? It’s the most hopeful document the Trustees have released in years. Due to Obama’s cuts to Medicare and slowing growth in health care costs, Medicare’s trust fund is expected…
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A Day in the Life of an Entitlement Reformer

Finally, a liberal writer understands what it’s like to walk in a conservative’s shoes. Ezra Klein, the often thoughtful, generally wrong left-wing whiz kid for the Washington Post wrote a editorial entitled “The best reason to worry about the deficit.” In it Klein argued that the 1990s-era argument that deficits are bad because they crowded…
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Fiscal Researchers: U.S. Quickly Approaching "Game Over"

Liberal columnist Matt Miller is ready for a national discussion about the way to deal with our deficit. What’s more he thinks that Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget is a great way to kick off the “uber-debate the country needs to have.” That’s where his graciousness ends. Miller then says that he’s ready…
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Ryan's Budget Provides Path to Prosperity for America's Youth

It’s a sad indictment of today’s political discourse that the quality of a proposal can almost invariably be judged by the vehemence of the adjectives used to describe it. The more extreme the rhetoric liberals choose to demagogue an idea, the better that idea probably is. So far I’ve heard the words “disturbing,” “extreme,” and…
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As the Left's Redistributionist System Grows, So Too Do Its Problems

Although they would no doubt disagree, by and large liberals have succeeded in one of their most basic fundamental missions – they have turned the federal government into a remarkably large redistributionalist system. The programs of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society – Medicare, Medicaid, federal education funding  – grow with each passing year. Myriad New Deal…
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Mayan Prophecy or Not, Democrats are Spending Like There's No Tomorrow

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. Or so said R.E.M. At least they had the courtesy to turn their apocalyptic predictions into a catchy tune. Unfortunately, we weren’t so lucky in 2011, when Harold Camping incorrectly predicted (twice, we might add) the end of the world based…
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