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No Bailout Needed for Social Security

August 26, 2010

To correct some recent stories suggesting that Social Security faces deep and immediate financial problems, a new report from our colleague Kathy Ruffing outlines the program’s outlook over the short and long term. Here’s the summary:

Greenstein & Podesta: “Bush tax cuts for the rich must go”

August 25, 2010

Robert Greenstein, the Center’s executive director, and John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, explain why President Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy should expire on schedule in December in this op-ed published in the Financial Times:

Q & A: State Budget Crisis Continues Despite Surpluses

August 24, 2010

Today we sat down with Senior Fellow, Liz McNichol, to discuss why some states have ended their fiscal year with budgets in the black even as the state budget crisis continues.

Joint Opinion Piece: “New insurance program for long-term care holds great possibilities and challenges”

August 23, 2010

Our colleague, Paul Van de Water, is on vacation, but we wanted to highlight a new piece from him; Judith Feder, professor of public policy at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress; and Harriet L. Komisar, senior research analyst at The Hilltop Institute of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It’s on the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS), a new federal long-term-care insurance program that is part of the health reform law. It’s featured in the most recent special report of The American Prospect magazine:

In Case You Missed It…

August 20, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we discussed the deficit, state-level public services, and how Social Security helps alleviate poverty.

Must-Read: "With tax vote, Republicans fail in their attempt to appear fiscally responsible"

August 20, 2010

Today's lead editorial in the Washington Post warns that a recent Senate vote on extending all of the Bush tax cuts is a "chilling sign of what a number of lawmakers believe passes for fiscal responsibility."

Q & A With Paul Van de Water: Social Security Helps Reduce Poverty

August 17, 2010

Today we sat down with Paul Van de Water, senior fellow, to discuss how Social Security helps to reduce poverty.

In Case You Missed It…

August 13, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we discussed Social Security and its accomplishments in connection with its 75th anniversary tomorrow, federal aid to states in the jobs bill that the House passed this week, why President Bush’s tax cuts for high-income households should expire on schedule, and how the health reform law will affect seniors.

Q & A: What Seniors Should Know About the New Health Reform Law

August 10, 2010

Today we sat down with Policy Analyst January Angeles to discuss how the new health reform law strengthens Medicare.

In Case You Missed It...

August 7, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we examined the new annual reports of the Social Security and Medicare trustees, the economy, state budget cuts, and why President Bush’s tax cuts for high-income households should expire on schedule.

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