Opinion: We can’t afford not to fix Social Security

Many Republicans think we cannot afford to maintain current Social Security benefits. In fact, it is more likely that we cannot afford to cut benefits. This program played an important role in reducing poverty among older households from about 36 percent in 1960 to the current level of about 10 percent. However, it was always intended […]

By Huge Margin, Americans More Likely to Back Candidates Who Want to Expand—Not Cut—Safety Net: Poll

In bad news for Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) who have made gutting the safety net their central ambition for 2018, a poll (pdf) published on Friday found that Americans are overwhelmingly more likely to vote for a candidate who proposes expanding—not slashing—Social Security and Medicare and taking federal action to lower prescription drug prices. According […]

Trump’s paid family leave plan would punish those who choose to have kids

Early in the 5th century, the theologian Saint Augustine of Hippo noted something about families and society that, in his era, was simply conventional wisdom: “After the city, or political community, comes the world, following the convention that treats the household, city, and world as three successive levels of human society.” For the ancients, families were the first […]