Brenton Smith

Brenton Smith (A.K.A. Joe The Economist) writes nationally on the issue of Social Security reform with work appearing in Forbes, FedSmith.com, MarketWatch, TheHill.com, and regional media like The Denver Post.

Eliminate the Cap, Solve Social Security’s Financial Problems?

By on December 11, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Eliminate the Cap, Solve Social Security’s Financial Problems?

Would eliminating the cap on Social Security be a good thing? The author says it is not a good idea.

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Survey: Older Individuals More Likely to Support Tax Increase to Shore Up Social Security

By on December 3, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Survey: Older Individuals More Likely to Support Tax Increase to Shore Up Social Security

We recently asked our readers if they would support higher taxes to extend full Social Security benefits. Here is what you told us.

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Will The Cavalry Save Social Security?

By on November 15, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Will The Cavalry Save Social Security?

The author says the typical worker faces the prospect of losing money on Social Security. Will higher taxes solve this problem?

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Fact Check: The GOP Targets Social Security

By on October 24, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Fact Check: The GOP Targets Social Security

Social Security is often made into a political issue, but the author says that it will take bipartisan action to solve problems facing the program.

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Social Security Claiming Rules Invite Calamity

By on October 16, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Social Security Claiming Rules Invite Calamity

The author says that a combination of poor advice and out-dated rules expose seniors to consequences that last a life time.

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Will Millennials Get Social Security?

By on September 9, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Will Millennials Get Social Security?

Millennials need to stop asking if they will collect Social Security and start asking how will they manage the cost of seniors as their benefits are reduced.

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Social Security and the Myth About the 3rd-Rail

By on August 9, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Social Security and the Myth About the 3rd-Rail

The author says that the 3rd-Rail of Politics is just an anachronism that politicians use to avoid talking about Social Security.

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Fixing Social Security Starts With Us, the Voters

By on July 5, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Fixing Social Security Starts With Us, the Voters

The author says that the path to fixing Social Security ultimately lies in the hands of the voters.

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What The Numbers In Social Security Mean To The Voter

By on June 13, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
What The Numbers In Social Security Mean To The Voter

The latest Social Security Trustees’ report led to mixed claims about the financial state of the program. The author breaks down the important points.

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Chained CPI Hits Social Security Through Taxation of Benefits

By on May 21, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Chained CPI Hits Social Security Through Taxation of Benefits

The tax reform bill includes a technical change with the potential to cut into Social Security payments for future seniors.

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