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Hoover Daily Report by topic: Social Security

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 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...
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 23, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

It's Still Possible to Cut Spending: Here's How

The obvious place to begin is the repeal of ObamaCare. We also need to empower the states, streamline the federal government and modernize Medicare and Social Security...
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...
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 20, 2011 | Creators Syndicate

The ‘Ponzi' Sound Bite

Many in the media and in politics have gone ballistic over the fact that Texas Governor Rick Perry called Social Security "a Ponzi scheme"...Sound bites are usually not very sound, and they are an irresponsible way to discuss serious issues...
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 6, 2011 | Cafe Hayek

My druthers

My preferred policy is to eliminate both [Social Security and Medicare] and treat adults like adults...But if we end up keeping some form of Social Security and Medicare, means-testing is the right way to go...
August 26, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Five Myths About Social Security and Medicare

The national discussion on entitlement programs is dazed and confused...