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For Thousands of Elderly or Disabled Refugees, the Check’s No Longer in the Mail

October 6, 2010

Several thousand impoverished elderly or disabled refugees who fled persecution in such troubled places as Afghanistan, Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, and Cuba lost their badly needed Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits last week. Thousands more will lose their SSI eligibility over the coming year. A last-minute push in Congress to preserve these modest benefits failed before lawmakers left town to campaign for re-election; restoring those benefits should be high on lawmakers’ to-do list when they return to work in mid-November.

Countdown Day 5: Top Ten Facts About Social Security

August 13, 2010

Today’s the final day of our countdown of the top ten facts about Social Security in honor of its 75th anniversary this weekend. We released a report today summarizing all ten.

Countdown Day 4: Top Ten Facts About Social Security

August 12, 2010

Continuing our countdown of the top ten facts about Social Security in honor of its 75th anniversary this weekend, here are today’s two:

Countdown Day 3: Top Ten Facts About Social Security

August 11, 2010

Continuing our countdown of the top ten facts about Social Security in honor of its 75th anniversary this weekend, here are today’s two:

Countdown Day 2: Top Ten Facts About Social Security

August 10, 2010

Continuing our countdown of the top ten facts about Social Security in honor of its 75th anniversary this weekend, here are today’s two:

Countdown: Top Ten Facts About Social Security

August 9, 2010

The Social Security program turns 75 this Saturday. Each day this week, we’ll highlight two key facts about the program and its accomplishments since President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Act on August 14, 1935.

Deficits Redux — Don't Forget Interest Costs

June 28, 2010

A recent Heritage Foundation backgrounder would have you believe that President Bush’s tax cuts, two wars, and a new prescription drug program under Medicare “play a relatively minor role in the growth of future deficits.” Quite the contrary, the tax cuts alone are a huge factor.

Whose Deficit Is It, Anyway?

June 11, 2010

A number of policymakers and pundits — most recently House Minority Leader John Boehner — blame Obama Administration policies for the large deficits we confront.  But the numbers tell a very different story.

As my colleague Jim Horney and I have...

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