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Social Security

Feb 20, 2014 — You could almost hear the sigh of relief from Democrats when the White House announced President Obama's 2015 budget wouldn't include a proposal that would have lowered Social Security benefits.
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Sep 13, 2013 — Congressional investigators said that during a two-year period, the agency paid people who were working while claiming they were disabled.
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May 31, 2013 — Trustees now expect the program's fund will be depleted in 2026. Meanwhile, Social Security's trust fund is still expected to go dry in 2033. Both programs' finances need to be reformed, experts agree.
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Apr 5, 2013 — Few things indicate a president no longer needs to worry about running for re-election more than his willingness to ignite an intraparty firestorm. That's just what President Obama has done by saying he is willing to consider savings from safety net entitlement programs in his new budget proposal.
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Apr 5, 2013 — Administration officials are telling news outlets that the budget the president unveils next week will include proposals he made last year during negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Those include changes that could reduce increases in Social Security and Medicare spending.
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Dec 12, 2012 — Despite his re-election and bolstered Democratic numbers in Congress, President Obama has far from a free hand to make a comprehensive deal with House Speaker John Boehner that would include cuts to entitlement programs. Strong resistance to that notion is coming from the political left — and with a warning.
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May 14, 2012 — Of each dollar the federal government spends, how much goes to health care? How much goes to defense? How much goes to other programs? And how has spending changed over time?
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Apr 24, 2012 — Taxes are set to go up for most Americans next year. That's a good thing, Simon Johnson argues.
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Apr 23, 2012 — The release of the Social Security and Medicare reports became an opportunity for Treasury Secretary Geithner to send voters the message that Obama administration was a staunch defender of the nation's most popular entitlements even though it accepted the need for gradual changes to make the programs more sustainable.
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Feb 14, 2012 — What was once considered a normal rate will now be considered a tax hike. Reverting to the status quo is now politically dicey. That could affect Social Security's financing over the long haul.
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