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April 9, 2014 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Secret Assumptions Behind Federal Budgets

March 3, 2014 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Beyond the Spin: Why It's Terrible News that the ACA Lowers Employment

February 21, 2014 | Washington Examiner

Reform Entitlements --- Or Go Bust

The president can delay his budget, but no good can come from further postponing our country’s desperately needed financial reforms. The White House announced that President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 will be released on March 4, roughly one month behind schedule. Of course, far more important than the budget's submission date is its content. Unfortunately, there is every reason to expect that, like the president's recent State of the Union address, this year's budget submission will represent another critical missed opportunity to address escalating federal fiscal problems -- while they still can be solved. Implicitly, every presidential budget is a compilation of the president’s policy choices, and this budget will be no exception. Election year budgets in particular often highlight issues that differentiate the president’s views from his political opponents’. But as we prepare to receive President Obama’s next budget in its political context, it is worth understanding how the country’s fiscal policy challenges appear when politics are subtracted from the equation.
February 21, 2014 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Record-High Deficits Are Not "Austerity"

February 5, 2014 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

CBO: The ACA is Driving Workers Out of the Workforce

For the past few years, U.S. job growth has been anemic even as the unemployment rate has steadily dropped, mainly because large numbers of workers ar...
January 14, 2014 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Healthcare Cost Slowdown

January 14, 2014 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Why Slower Healthcare Cost Inflation Isn't Fixing Medicare Finances

December 23, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Don’t Worsen Social Security’s Soaring Cost Problem

Followers of politics may have noticed a recent push from the left to expand Social Security benefits above and beyond the current-law growth schedule...
November 25, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

No Grounds for Claim that Obamacare Lowers Healthcare Costs

Public support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has plummeted now that the oft-repeated claim that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep...
November 14, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Why We Have Federal Deficits

The federal deficit is a huge public policy problem that must be understood, confronted, and solved. Federal deficits run in these last five years dwa...
November 15, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Why We Have Federal Deficits

The federal deficit is a huge public policy problem that must be understood, confronted, and solved. Federal deficits run in these last five years dwa...
June 27, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Federal Fiscal Predicament: What Seems Better is Actually Worse

June 11, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

A Guide to the 2013 Medicare Trustees Report

June 7, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

A Guide to the 2013 Society Security Trustees Report

May 29, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

How Would Immigration Reform Affect Social Security Finances?

March 20, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Understanding the Ryan and Murray Budgets

March 6, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Expanding Medicaid: The Conflicting Incentives Facing States

February 14, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Are We Underestimating The Social Security Shortfall?

February 7, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Obamacare’s Fiscal Nightmare

February 7, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Ten Things the Latest CBO Report Tells Us About Federal Finances

January 31, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Understanding Social Security Benefit Adequacy: Why Benefit Growth Should Be Slowed

January 22, 2013 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Next Four Years of Fiscal Conservatism: What Must Be Done to Sustain the Nation

December 12, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Is It Time For Deficit Hawks To Walk Away From The Bargaining Table?

December 5, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Eight Common Sense Suggestions for the Fiscal Discussions

October 23, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Real Stakes in The Medicare Debate

August 31, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Is it Becoming Too Late to Fix Social Security's Finances?

June 29, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Did the Supreme Court Ruling Render the Health Law's Finances Untenable?

June 14, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Does the Government Really Need More Help than the Private Sector?

In short, should elected officials treat the government sector or the private sector as their principal client interest?...
June 11, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

What the Recent CBO Reports Tell Us About Fiscal Stimulus and the Federal Budget

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released two important reports on the federal budget. One analyzes the short term, the other the long term...
May 29, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Should Congress Change CBO's Scorekeeping Rules?

Our current scorekeeping rules are internally inconsistent, they create an unlevel playing field between policy choices, they incent irresponsible fiscal practices, and they can too easily be used to support misleading political demagoguery...
May 2, 2012 | Wall Street Journal

Exposing the Medicare Double Count

The same money can't be spent twice. ObamaCare tries to do precisely that, and the government will have to borrow the difference...
April 30, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

A Guide to the 2012 Medicare Trustees Report

The Medicare trustees’ report continues to show a financially troubled program. In the near-term the qualitative picture looks much like it did last year, but the long-term picture has appeared to worsen...
April 26, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

A Guide to the 2012 Social Security Trustees Report

This will be the first of two articles on the 2012 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ reports...
April 18, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Yes, the Health Law Worsens the Deficit

A balanced analysis of the 2010 health care law must conclude that it will add substantially to federal deficits in the years ahead...
April 11, 2012 | Washington Times

Health care law cripples U.S. finances

Most affordable outcome would be total repeal...
April 10, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Fiscal Consequences of the Affordable Care Act

That this law on which so many high hopes were placed will significantly worsen federal finances is an unfortunate but unambiguous result...
February 15, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

How Not to Make Public Policy: The Payroll Tax Cut

The payroll tax cut, by contrast, serves almost no productive purpose while causing severe adverse consequences from almost any conceivable policy vantage point. The following is but a partial list of the problems associated with the policy...
February 13, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Don't Repeat Costly Policy Mistakes with Employer-Provided Pensions

The American Airlines pension situation is a case study in what happens when lawmakers react to pension underfunding by deliberately allowing more of it. Congress needs to think twice before extending this mistake to the entire community of pension plan sponsors...
February 6, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Time to End "Temporary" Tax and Spending Policies

No matter who is elected president this November, he would do himself, both political parties and the nation an enormous service if he began his term with a successful bipartisan effort to end the multitude of “temporary” tax and spending policies...
November 28, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

How Are the Presidential Contenders Doing on Social Security?

[H]ow is the Social Security issue surviving the 2012 Republican presidential contest so far? In the main, pretty well. Below I’ll describe the good, the truly impressive, the bad, and the ugly from the current election season...
November 10, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Backing Away from Confronting Social Security’s Realities

On Sunday, October 29, the Washington Post published a front-page article by Lori Montgomery about Social Security...
October 24, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

How the CLASS Act's Demise Ends the Fiscal Argument for the 2010 Health Care Law

On Friday, October 14, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that she was pulling the plug on the “CLASS Act”, a long-term care insurance program...In the wake of this announcement, two competing narratives have emerged...
October 13, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

"Supporting" 400,000 Education Jobs: An Unsupported Claim

The White House has circulated materials asserting that the President’s proposed American Jobs Act (AJA) would “support” nearly 400,000 education jobs...Let’s review in detail how [that concept] is derived...
September 23, 2011 | FoxNews.com

Social Security Payroll Tax Cut -- A Temporary Stimulus With Permanent Damage

While nearly everyone has focused on the debatable efficacy of temporary payroll tax relief as a stimulus measure, few seem to have noticed the severe problems it could create for Social Security itself...
September 23, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Understanding the Stimulus Debate: It's Not 2001 Anymore

As policy makers wrestle with our current multiple fiscal and economic challenges, we should avoid making false analogies between conditions in 2001 and those in evidence now...
September 19, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Jobs Bill: Pretending to Fund Social Security

...[C]hoking off Social Security’s tax revenue and issuing debt in its place is a terribly short-sighted policy, both for Social Security and for the general budget...
September 2, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

How the Super-Committee Might Break the Budget Logjam

Why were commission co-chairs Simpson and Bowles able to secure bipartisan agreement on measures that this summer’s negotiations could not? There are several reasons and they offer important lessons for the joint committee...
August 23, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Job One for the Budget Super-Committee: Cut the New Health Entitlement's Cost

I offer the view that no deficit-reduction agreement can credibly be called balanced if it fails to do one simple and necessary thing: cut the projected cost of new spending enacted in last year’s health care law...
July 26, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Don't Allow Another Payroll Tax Accounting Gimmick

The gimmick results in real additional costs and additional debt, and undermines the accounting integrity of the Social Security Trust Funds...
July 21, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Gang of Six Framework: A Step Backward for Social Security Reform

A careful examination of the [“Gang of Six” deficit reduction framework] reveals that it is a step back from bipartisan Social Security reform rather than a step toward it...
July 12, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Reforming CPI: Not a "Grand Bargain" but a Prudent Reform

...[W]hether the budget discussions produce a big deal or a small one, both sides would do well to implement a more accurate measure of economy-wide inflation, namely the “chained” C-CPI-U...
June 30, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

AARP's Social Security "Shift": Much Ado About Nothing?

Recent statements from key policy personnel of AARP, the powerful lobby for the elderly, expressed a willingness to consider reductions in future Social Security benefit growth...I do not see their recent comments as significant or new...
June 3, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

A Primer on the Social Security and Medicare Trustees' Reports: Part II --- Quantitative Findings

This is the second of two pieces on the annual Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Reports...This one will summarize the reports’ quantitative projections...
May 23, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

A Primer on the Social Security and Medicare Trustees' Reports: Part I --- Concepts

This piece is one of two that I will author for e21 on the annual reports. In this first one I will focus on process, concepts and essential findings of the reports...
May 12, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Social Security and Longevity Increases: Getting the Facts Right

Reasonable people can differ on whether the Simpson-Bowles commission’s recommendations represent optimal policy. But while there is clearly not universal understanding of these issues, the president’s commission is not the place where the knowledge gaps lie...
May 12, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Real Bipartisan Compromise: Cut Spending on the Rich

If the parties could simply agree to cut spending on the rich, they could do themselves and the nation a world of good...
April 18, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Administration's PBGC Premium Proposal Deserves Support

The Administration’s proposal to increase PBGC’s authority to establish a more appropriate level and structure for PBGC premiums is conceptually sound...
April 12, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Why Raising Social Security's Tax Cap Wouldn't Eliminate Its Shortfall

It is certainly reasonable to propose raising the cap on taxable wages, especially if it is combined with corrective off-setting measures...
April 7, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Ryan Budget: The Real Choice We Face

Yesterday’s release of the draft Ryan budget offers a vision for repairing the federal budget. Thus far, this vision for fiscal repair remains the only serious legislative alternative to fiscal catastrophe...
March 25, 2011 | Washington Post

Social Security’s possible fate: Done in by its friends

Young people often ask me whether Social Security will be there for them...
March 2, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

In Defense of the Simpson-Bowles Social Security Plan: Part 2

This is the second of two pieces explaining why I have a more favorable view of the Simpson-Bowles Social Security plan...In this piece, I give instances where I have disagreements with both the critical analysis and the policy conclusions...
February 28, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

In Defense of the Simpson-Bowles Social Security Plan: Part 1

In previous articles I have sought primarily to explain the Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission Social Security proposal rather than to promote it...
February 16, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Why the Health Care Law Increases the Gross Federal Debt

Few have been discussing the fact that last year’s health care law will increase gross federal debt and thus accelerate the speed at which we will approach the statutory debt limit in the future...
February 3, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

Nobody Is Proposing to 'Slash' Social Security Benefits

Under current [formula], retirees in 2050 will receive $11,000 more in today's dollars than current retirees get. Everyone knows that is unaffordable...
January 26, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Understanding the President's SOTU Social Security Language

President Obama’s language on Social Security, as delivered with the State of the Union address, is bound to perplex many observers...
January 25, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

SOTU Viewer's Guide

The State of the Union address will give us our first clear indications of whether there is a reasonable chance at bipartisan cooperation in repairing the federal government's unsustainable fiscal outlook...
December 16, 2010 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

How to Run a Successful Commission (Or Not)

This month, two blue-ribbon commissions were to have issued important reports on critical economic policy issues. One of these two commissions...surpassed all reasonable expectations...The other, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) is essentially disintegrating...
December 8, 2010 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Payroll Tax Cut: Effective Stimulus, Phony Accounting

It’s good news that President Obama and Congressional leaders have reached agreement on a deal to prevent a near-term tax increase on individuals and small businesses,...I feel, however, obliged to sound an alarm about one component of the deal...
November 30, 2010 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Social Security Shortfall Warrants Action Soon

The recent spate of Social Security reform proposals makes this a particularly useful moment for a refresher on the Social Security challenge itself...
November 29, 2010 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Winners and Losers Under the Simpson-Bowles Social Security Plan

Every Social Security proposal has relatively clear winners and losers, for the reason that Social Security is a simple income transfer program...
November 23, 2010 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Bipartisan Policy Center's Tax-Heavy Social Security Plan

The BPC proposal is a serious plan, backed up with an impressive amount of analysis and documentation. It’s also a plan under which Social Security, just as under current law, would grow much more expensive to taxpayers in the future than it is now...
November 18, 2010 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Slowing Down Social Security's Retirement Age Increase

The fact is that the Simpson-Bowles proposal would effect a slower future increase in the retirement age than that already occurring under current law...
November 11, 2010 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Fairly Understanding the Simpson-Bowles Social Security Proposal

Co-chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles of President Obama’s Fiscal Responsibility Commission surprised the political world Wednesday when they publicly released their own (as opposed to a full commission) five-part plan for repairing the federal government’s dire fiscal outlook...
October 22, 2010 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

The Crass Distortion of Paul Ryan's Social Security Proposals

It’s this time of year when public issues are frequently distorted, often by those whose political prospects are dimming. A classic example of this biannual spectacle is the spate of recent attacks on what has been (inaccurately) described as Congressman Paul Ryan’s Social Security plan...
October 21, 2010 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Is Everyone Just Imagining the Government Spending Explosion?

We cannot sensibly diagnose whether there should be additional federal spending if we aren’t willing to acknowledge the unprecedented level of spending already taking place...
September 27, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

Why tell-all books are harmful

The bottom line is that no matter how the process is conducted, the president’s advisors need to be able to offer him their counsel — and yes, even to have heated exchanges in the hallway — without later reading a transcript of their remarks in the newspapers...
September 24, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

Change at the National Economic Council: What Does it Mean?

The recent announcement that Larry Summers will be departing as head of President Obama’s National Economic Council (NEC) has prompted rampant speculation about what this will mean for future White House economic policy and process direction...

Blogs

June 20, 2012 | Economic Intelligence (U.S.News & World Report)

The Fiscal Consequences of the Supreme Court's Healthcare Ruling

The Supreme Court's decision on the 2010 healthcare law may result in what appears to be a fiscal windfall for the federal government. But it would be a grave mistake for lawmakers to react to illusory savings with real new spending...
April 11, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

More on the budgetary effect of health care reform

Today Avik Roy of Forbes kindly provided me with a forum for responding to some of the questions that have arisen about my study showing that the 2010 health care reform law will add substantially to federal deficits...
December 2, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Two Lonely Voices Urging Responsibility on Social Security

Amid the irresponsible bipartisan rush to extend the current Social Security payroll tax cut (and to shift Social Security to income-tax financing as an offsetting measure), two lonely voices, one on each side of the aisle, took a stand against the proposal...
August 17, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Decoding Press Coverage of the President’s Fannie/Freddie Reform Policy

...I am often reminded that it’s just as important to help further public understanding of the process by which economic policies are discussed and decided...
July 22, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

10 Ways to Improve upon the Gang of Six Social Security Framework

These are among the steps that might be taken to repair some of the damage of the initial rollout and to move in a positive direction...
May 26, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Correcting the Historical Record on President Bush’s Social Security Reform Efforts

In this morning’s Washington Post, political analyst Dan Balz interprets the Democrats’ victory in the 26th New York Congressional District as being a direct result of Republican overreach on Medicare reform...
May 15, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Social Security and Longevity: A Follow-Up

Last week I published a piece at E21 explaining the relationship between longevity trends and proposals to increase Social Security’s eligibility age...
April 13, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Still No Clear Social Security Policy

The President chose neither to offer nor to embrace any specific Social Security proposals. Following is a quick textual analysis of the President’s Social Security language...
March 1, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

From Madison to Washington, DC

Last Friday I was on Fox Business discussing the parallels between the shortfalls in state and local pension systems and those in the federal Social Security program...
February 18, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

My Contrary Take on Social Security and the President’s Budget

If this process somehow leads to reform, it will be in spite of the White House’s budget posture, not because of it...
December 3, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

Social Security: The Unfinished Work

My new book, "Social Security: The Unfinished Work," is now available on Amazon...I wrote this book because I was dissatisfied with the state of the national discussion over Social Security, and in particular with the failure of policy experts to fairly and accessibly explain the relevant issues to the public...
November 25, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

A Tax-Heavy Social Security Plan

This past week, the Bipartisan Policy Center unveiled its Social Security reform proposal. The proposal is a serious, constructive plan backed up by an impressive amount of analysis and documentation...
November 12, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

Social Security Shortfall Warrants Action Soon

On Tuesday, November 9, Bob Greenstein and I released our joint paper “Social Security Shortfall Warrants Action Soon,” sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Fiscal Policy Initiative...

Interviews

February 26, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Chuck Blahous on the John Batchelor Show (19:20)

Freeman Klopott, Bloomberg. David Weidner, WSJ. Charles Blahous, Hoover & e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century. Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index. 
February 6, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Chuck Blahous on the John Batchelor Show (20:59)

Josh Rogin, Daily Beast. Jillian Kay Melchior, National Review Online. Charles Blahous, Hoover.
October 14, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Chuck Blahous on The John Batchelor Show (20:31)

Guests: Bill Whalen, Hoover & Sacramento Bee.  Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index.  Gene Countryman, KNSS Wichita. : Charles Blahous, Hoover, Mercatus Center and Real Clear Markets.
July 1, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Chuck Blahous on the John Batchelor Show (32:47)

February 25, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Chuck Blahous on The John Batchelor Show (9:43)

February 18, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Chuck Blahous on The John Batchelor Show (19:54)

November 26, 2012 | Bloomberg Television

Charles Blahous on the Capitol Gains Show

July 27, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Chuck Blahous on the John Batchelor Show (at 18:25)

June 12, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Chuck Blahous on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: David Grinspoon, Science; Chuck Blahous, Hoover; Steven Erlanger, NYT; Nicholas Wade, NYT...
April 23, 2012 | NPR

How Long Will Social Security Last?

Trustees of the social security trust fund give an update on how long the funding will last...
April 10, 2012 | Fox News

'ObamaCare' bad medicine for nation's debt

Author of study claiming president's national health care law adds $340 billion to deficit explains findings...
December 7, 2011 | Morning Edition (NPR)

How Payroll Tax Cut Affects Social Security's Future

Charles Blahous, whom Obama appointed last year to be one of the six trustees of Social Security and Medicare, thinks it's a far greater danger than most people anticipate...
October 28, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Charles Blahous on John Batchelor

GUESTS: Chuck Blahous, Hoover; Michael de la Merced, NYT; Jim Copland, Manhattan Institute; Jere Longman, NYT...
September 12, 2011 | Diane Rehm Show (NPR)

The Future of Social Security in Challenging Times

Mounting concern over jobs and the deficit have made Social Security a target. Challenges ahead for the politically-charged program...
August 29, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Chuck Blahous and Jessica Stern on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Paul Barrett, Bloomberg; Jack Ewing, International Herald-Tribune; Charles Blahous, Hoover; Jessica Stern, Hoover...
July 15, 2011 | Morning Briefing with Tim Farley (P.O.T.U.S. - SiriusXM)

Chuck Blahous on the Morning Briefing

May 19, 2011 | Incidental Economist

Interview with Charles Blahous - Part III

Part 3 of my interview with Charles Blahous focusing on Medicare...
May 18, 2011 | Incidental Economist

Interview with Charles Blahous - Part II

Part 2 of my interview with Charles Blahous focusing on Social Security...
May 17, 2011 | Incidental Economist

Interview with Charles Blahous - Part I

Charles Blahous, one of the two public trustees for Social Security & Medicare, has graciously agreed to answer some questions about the recent Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ reports and the reform of these vital programs...
April 15, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Charles Blahous on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Charles Blahous, Hoover; Steven Greenhouse, NYT; Michael Vlahos, Naval War College; Peter Del Manuelian, Newsweek...
March 27, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Chuck Blahous on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: John Loftus, America's Nazi Secrets, in re: WikiLeaks documents on Egypt, Iran, Lebanon; Twitter account court tangle. Charles Blahous, Hoover, in re: Social Security - worst-case scenario...
March 9, 2011 | Brian Thomas Morning Show (KRC)

Chuck Blahous on the Brian Thomas Morning Show

Cong. Thad McCotter - "Seize Freedom" / Chuck Blahous - "Unfinished Work"...
March 8, 2011 | Market Wrap With Moe Ansari

Chuck Blahous on Market Wrap

Moe discusses retirement planning, muni bonds and interviews Charles Blahous...
February 25, 2011 | FOX Business

Wisconsin Part of a Larger Problem

Pension problems mirror Social Security problems...
February 20, 2011 | Terry Gilberg Show (KFYI)

Chuck Blahous on the Terry Gilberg Show

Terry talks more with Chuck Blahous, Social Security expert and writer...
February 14, 2011 | FOX Business

Is Social Security Issue Being Ignored?

Reforming social security...
February 14, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Charles Blahous on the John Batchelor Show

Charles Blahous, Hoover, in re: Social Security in the Obama Administration budget 2012 - no fixes...
February 7, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Charles Blahous on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Al Hunt, Bloomberg; Charles Blahous, Hoover Institution; Aaron Klein, 77 WABC...
January 26, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Charles Blahous on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Mary O'Grady, WSJ; Charles Blahous, Hoover; Carl Zimmer, NYT; James Taranto, WSJ...
January 19, 2011 | Ed Morrissey Show (Hot Air)

Charles Blahous on the Ed Morrissey Show

Today on The Ed Morrissey Show...we’ll talk with Charles Blahous, former presidential adviser and now author of Social Security: The Unfinished Work...
December 3, 2010 | ConservativeHome's Big Ideas

Social Security reform: 5 things every taxpayer needs to know before it's too late

ConservativeHome's Ryan Streeter recently put 5 questions to Charles Blahous, one of America's most prominent Social Security experts, on what we all need to know about reforming the program...
November 30, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Fouad Ajami and Charles Blahous on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Charles Blahous, Hudson Institute [and Hoover Institution]; John Fund, WSJ; Fouad Ajami, Hoover Institution; Brian Sussman, Hot Talk 560 KSFO...
November 21, 2010 | All Things Considered (NPR)

Social Security, Medicare Face The Age Of Austerity

With Republicans taking over the House, and the president's deficit commission ready to report, the country's two biggest entitlement programs — Medicare and Social Security — are in the cross hairs...
November 12, 2010 | Happening Now (Fox News)

Social Security Cuts Among Recommendations of Debt Cmsn

President Obama’s bipartisan debt commission is suggesting that cuts in social security are necessary to bring down the country’s spiraling debt. Chuck Blahous, author of “Social Security: The Unfinished Work,” joined Happening Now with reaction...

Other Media

October 2, 2012 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

What Should We Really Be Asking Candidates?

February 24, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Dark Side of the Payroll Tax Cut

The left wants to bail out Social Security with income redistribution...
December 12, 2011 | e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century

What's In the Social Security Trust Funds, Or: Why Continuing the Payroll Tax Cut Could Eventually End Social Security as We Know It

The ongoing effort to partially convert Social Security from payroll-tax-financing to income-tax-financing – by further cutting the payroll tax as a stimulus measure and replacing the funds with general revenues – may in short order put an end to the longstanding conception of Social Security as a benefit earned by worker contributions...
December 1, 2011 | Policy Review

The Private-Sector Pension Predicament

A systemic underfunding that could leave taxpayers on the hook...
August 26, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Five Myths About Social Security and Medicare

The national discussion on entitlement programs is dazed and confused...
July 11, 2011 | U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means

Options for Adjusting the Growth of Social Security Benefits

Statement of Charles P. Blahous Before the Subcommittee on Social Security of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means...
March 17, 2011 | U.S. House Committee on the Budget

Fulfilling the Mission of Health and Retirement Security

Statement of Charles P. Blahous Research Fellow, Hoover Institution and Public Trustee for Social Security, Before the House of Representatives Committee on the Budget...
March 17, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Social Security: Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

The crafters of the 1983 reforms did not intend to pay in advance for today’s shortfalls...
March 8, 2011 | Mercatus Center

The "Other" Pension Crisis

Options for Avoiding a Taxpayer Bailout of PBGC...
December 1, 2010 | Policy Review

The Social Security Challenge

To save the program, clarify the problems...