What motivates a 69 year old professor of social work and co- founder of a successful national organization, Social Security Works and coalition, the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, to make his first run for elective office to serve as Representative of New York's 24th Congressional District?
Next week's White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) seems destined to be little more than an exercise in benign neglect of the growing economic problems of today's and tomorrow's seniors.
The last time that we had large and growing inequality was during the so-called Roaring Twenties, which ended with the Great Depression. As part of the response, we enacted Social Security. We should learn from the past.
The question of whether Social Security should be expanded, fully funded at its current level of scheduled benefits, or scaled back is not one of math or demographics, but one of values- how we choose to spend our combined wealth. Confusing this question is some other wrong math.
You've heard about boomerang kids -- adult children in their 20s and 30s who have returned to live in their parents' homes. Well, get ready for boomerang parents, formerly independent middle-aged people who -- 10, 15, 20 years hence -- will have no choice but to move into their adult children's homes because they cannot afford to maintain their own.
Republican opponents of Social Security have not wasted even a single day in their plan to dismantle Social Security brick by brick. What should be a dry, mundane exercise -- the adoption of new rules by the newly convening House of Representatives -- has turned into a stealth attack on America's working families.