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.

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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Is Social Security Welfare or Insurance?

By on February 11, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Is Social Security Welfare or Insurance?

New legislation promises to keep Social Security solvent for the rest of the century, but the author says the devil is in the details of the bill.

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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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