Focus on Social Security and Retirement
By BRUCE BARTLETT,
Posted: November 17, 2011
In a November 11 commentary, George Washington University law professor Neil Buchanan addressed the question of whether the Social Security tax is really a tax or an insurance premium.
A November 10 AARP poll of Republican voters in Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina found that they oppose cutting Social Security and Medicare by a 3 to 1 margin.
On November 9, the Employee Benefit Research Institute published a study on how tax reform can promote retirement security.
On November 1, the Center for Retirement Research published a study examining the amount of saving people will need to provide them with an adequate retirement income.
On October 17, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report on the impact of the recession on older Americans.
On October 14, the Congressional Budget Office published a report on tax-favored retirement plans. It finds that about half of all workers participate in such plans.
An October 6 Quinnipiac poll found that people favor raising the Social Security wage cap to bring in more taxes by a 56 percent to 35 percent margin.
On September 30, MetLife published a report on the growing number of women who are living extra-long lives. It notes that two in five women now live to be ninety.
A September 29 CNN poll found that three-fourths of people believe the Social Security system has major problems and 21 percent believe it is unconstitutional.
I last posted items on this topic on September 29.
Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He
and writes a
for The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including his new book:
The Benefit and the Burden.