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.

Social Security Goes 0 for 7 in the Democratic Debates

By on January 21, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Social Security Goes 0 for 7 in the Democratic Debates

The author says that Social Security’s current financial forecast has become so widely accepted that people no longer question it.

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Trump, Social Security, and Santa Claus

By on December 20, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Trump, Social Security, and Santa Claus

Recent data from SSA suggest that Social Security’s revenue is better than expected.

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Social Security, the WEP, and Fairness

By on October 29, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Social Security, the WEP, and Fairness

The author critiques a proposed WEP reform bill and offers alternate solutions to the problem posed by the WEP.

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Warren’s Social Security Proposal Adds More Questions Than Answers to the Debate

By on September 18, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Warren’s Social Security Proposal Adds More Questions Than Answers to the Debate

The author offers an analysis of Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to expand Social Security.

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Fixing Social Security by Ending it

By on August 29, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Fixing Social Security by Ending it

The author says that making Social Security into a welfare program is like fixing a hole in the wall by calling it a window.

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Tracking the 2020 COLA

By on August 13, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments

How is the COLA looking for Social Security recipients in 2020? The latest inflation data provide some insight.

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Delayed Benefits Could Expedite Social Security’s Financial Instability

By on July 24, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Delayed Benefits Could Expedite Social Security’s Financial Instability

A law passed in the last century threatens the long-term stability of Social Security.

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2019 Social Security Trustees Report: Finally Some Good News?

By on May 4, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
2019 Social Security Trustees Report: Finally Some Good News?

The author discusses the 2019 Social Security trustees report and why it appears to contain good news on the surface.

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Upcoming Social Security Trustees Report: What’s The Difference Between Bad News and Worse News?

By on April 21, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Upcoming Social Security Trustees Report: What’s The Difference Between Bad News and Worse News?

The 2019 Social Security Trustees report is slated for release soon. The author says if there is bad news about the program’s future, now is the time to report it.

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Will Social Security be Gone by the Time I Retire?

By on March 20, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Will Social Security be Gone by the Time I Retire?

A question younger Americans often ask is, “Will Social Security be there when I retire?” The author explores this scenario and what threats the program faces.

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