Women, for a variety of reasons, get a worse deal from Social Security than men. Since benefits are based on earnings throughout one's career, this has to do with (especially) unequal pay, unequal treatment in hirings and promotions, and interruptions in work history to care-give. And sexism. We've seen some progress in the 30-something years since the ERA stalled out, but not nearly enough. The result is that a lot more women than men enter old age with not enough to get by ...on. This movie (by Kamala Lopez and Gini Sikes) is a great dissection of enduring gender inequality and why the push for a real solution is needed. More importantly, it's a great tool for activists. Available today from iTunes. Order it, and ask your local community/art cinema to show it. Grassroots organizing works, and it can start with Equal Means Equal! Please distribute widely!
http://peoplespension.infoshop.org/blogs-Obama's statement last week that he favors expanding Social Security was a watershed. What happens next is a lot murkier, however. mu/2016/06/06/obama-expands-the-social-security-conversation/
Hello again! I'm back to blogging, incensed by the lack of historical insight in the recent condemnations of Berniecare. Here's an instant remedy.
In the world of Washington, incentives—carrots and sticks—seem to be the answer for everything, including how to get people on disability back to work. But a new study suggests the problem is the same one the Americans With Disabilities Act identified 25 years ago: discrimination.
How the just-passed budget bill fits into the Republicans' long game to dismantle Social Security.
The GOP (and many center-right Dems) have long wanted to turn Social Security, effectively, into welfare. (Which makes it easier to cut.) But what would happen if they got their way? How would they decide who's deserving of assistance and who's not? The devil's in the details.
Bernie Sanders's confrontation with members of Black Lives Matter should teach a lesson to everyone engaged in the struggle to defend Social Security: Unless the campaign for economic equality recognizes the need to prioritize racial equality as well—that racial and economic issues are not separate—preserving and expanding Social Security will become increasingly difficult. ...
Not all critics of Big Government are right wingers. Here's my Q&A with Anne Kornhauser about her revealing new book, Debating the American State.
A Lifeline, Not a Safety Net: Read my latest post, about a new study that shows people are relying more, and earlier, on Social Security.
By failing to take a clear position on TPP, Hillary Clinton treats voters, and working Americans in general with contempt. http://peoplespension.infoshop.org/…/why-hillary-clinton-i…/
Due credit must be given.
The LA Times' Michael Hiltzik dissects the recent sleazy attack on Disability Insurance in the Wall Street Journal. http://www.latimes.com/…/la-fi-mh-wsj-disability-20150309-c…
More on AK Press's recovery from their warehouse fire, and how (and why) you can help.
Apologies for not posting so much lately. This is real important: The publisher of my award-winning book, The People's Pension, has just suffered a terrible fire in their offices/warehouse. They could really use some support. Please read the below article on contact AK at the link provided. This is VERY much appreciated!
The unheralded culprit behind European pension privatization: stock exchanges. Who would have guessed? A new paper explains why.
Rand Paul, child of privilege, is full of it.