Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House on July 13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Biden withdraws Trump rule attacking Social Security Disability recipients

“Wonderful news,” said one activist. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 Social Security defenders on Thursday celebrated news that the Biden White House has withdrawn a regulation pushed by the Trump administration that,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Op/Ed Safety Net Social Security

Social Security’s Cost of Living Adjustment is inadequate.

Democrats Have a Plan to Fix That. After lifetimes of work, Americans have earned their Social Security. It is well past time they get a raise. by Nancy J. Altman Social Security is the primary income…

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This Labor Day, Social Security’s future hangs in the balance

Trump is devastating the nation, and not only by his incompetent handling of the pandemic. He threatens the economic security of America’s families by defunding, and apparently planning to destroy, Social Security. by Nancy J. Altman…

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Exposing Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral as ‘wage theft,’ Treasury signals millions of workers will earn less in 2021 under plan

“Like Donald Trump’s other economic executive orders, this will not provide actual relief to workers.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, August 30 Days after the payroll processor for the federal government—one of the nation’s largest…

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Hundreds of union activists rally at the Minneapolis Social Security Field Office on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. (Photo: AFGE/Flickr/cc)
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Social Security actuary says Trump payroll tax cut would effectively destroy program by 2023

“Trump’s disastrous plan to defund Social Security would eliminate retirement and disability benefits by 2023,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “That may make sense to the billionaires at Trump’s country club, but it makes zero sense to…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Social Security Unemployment insurance

Congress urged to reject ‘hostage-taking’ as Trump threatens to veto any Covid-19 bill that doesn’t cut Social Security

“Beware of the payroll tax cut! It is just the administration’s attempt to cut Social Security and Medicare.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 17 With President Donald Trump reportedly telling Republican lawmakers in private…

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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters outside the West Wing at the White House on Friday, May 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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White House pushes ‘pure giveaway’ to rich investors while urging cut to pandemic unemployment aid

Recipients of the enhanced unemployment benefit could see the aid slashed by more than 50% under a plan being discussed by the Trump administration and GOP by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 14 The Trump…

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New report shows Social Security is strong, but advocates warn GOP trying to use covid-19 to launch ‘stealth attack’

“Republicans, led by Donald Trump, are trying to use the pandemic as an excuse to slash payroll contributions, Social Security’s dedicated funding.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer The 2020 Social Security Trustees report out Wednesday found…

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Trump throws up roadblock for seniors, people with disabilities in need of $1,200 relief checks, takes down one block to Social Security recipients

“The Trump administration is throwing up an unnecessary barrier that will make it harder for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans to get the payments they desperately need.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Editor’s update:  At…

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‘Stealth Attack on Social Security’: Trump condemned for exploiting coronavirus crisis to push Payroll Tax cut

“This is a Trojan Horse attack on our Social Security system.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Economists and progressive advocacy groups are warning that President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut or temporarily suspend the payroll tax…

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How Trump’s proposed benefits changes will create hardship for rural people with disabilities

“Additional reviews would cost $1.8 billion to administer while saving $2 billion in terminated benefits.” Rural Americans are more likely than urban Americans to experience disability. Natee K Jindakum/Shutterstock.com By Lillie Greiman, The University of Montana…

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