Medicare and Social Security: What you paid compared with what you get

Earlier this week, we published a story and several charts showing that average government spending on each elderly person is $26,355, compared to $11,822 for each child. Almost immediately, readers wrote to condemn us for overlooking what they considered a key issue. “Your statements as to expenditures on the elderly is specious at best, and at the […]

The Atlantic Tries to Push Generational Warfare to Divert Attention from the Rich Taking Everything

Fox News and Atlantic Magazine have zero shame. The latter has a major article telling readers that Social Security is “the grandparents stealing from the grandchildren.” The piece is a cornucopia of misstatements about Social Security and Medicare, most importantly implying that today seniors get some big windfall from the programs and that it somehow comes at […]

Ronald Reagan and The Great Social Security Heist

Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular presidents in modern history. As a former Hollywood actor, he had an uncommon degree of charisma. The conservatives absolutely loved Reagan for his efforts to reduce the size of government, but most liberals hated him with a passion. Reagan is still revered by a lot of Americans. […]

The Republican Tax Bill and Cuts to Social Security

Reductions in Social Security benefits are extremely unpopular across the political spectrum. The program enjoys enormous support among both Democrats and Republicans and people are far more likely to say that benefits should be raised than cut. For this reason, the public should be paying attention to a little noticed provision in the tax bill […]