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.

“Defunding Social Security”: Monetizing the Fear of the Elderly

August 25, 2020 10:41 AM
“Defunding Social Security”: Monetizing the Fear of the Elderly

The author says that the recent “defund Social Security” debate is more about politically driven sound bites than facts.

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Trump’s Payroll Tax Cut is a Lose-Lose Deal

August 6, 2020 12:11 PM
Trump’s Payroll Tax Cut is a Lose-Lose Deal

The author says that a proposal to suspend the Social Security payroll tax would jeopardize the overall health of the program.

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What June CPI Data Say About the 2021 COLA

July 27, 2020 11:02 AM
What June CPI Data Say About the 2021 COLA

The latest CPI-W figures suggest a small COLA for federal retirees in 2021, but the author points out that it may be the start of a more positive trend.

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Fertility Breeds Instability for Social Security

July 2, 2020 8:47 AM
Fertility Breeds Instability for Social Security

The author says that falling fertility rates may put further financial strain on Social Security.

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The Only Way That Social Security Pays Retirees Nothing

June 10, 2020 11:17 AM
The Only Way That Social Security Pays Retirees Nothing

Pretending that Social Security will pay everyone if people want to opt-out will insure that it eventually pays no one.

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Is the Social Security Trust Fund Real?

May 14, 2020 11:01 AM
Is the Social Security Trust Fund Real?

The author analyzes the debate over the existence of the Social Security Trust Fund.

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What Does the 2020 Trustees Report Really Say About Social Security?

April 23, 2020 4:14 PM
What Does the 2020 Trustees Report Really Say About Social Security?

The 2020 Trustees report for Social Security has been issued, but the author says it has little value in the current economic conditions.

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Coronavirus Infects Seniors’ Social Security Checks (If You Were Born In 1960)

March 27, 2020 7:13 AM
Coronavirus Infects Seniors’ Social Security Checks (If You Were Born In 1960)

The coronavirus could put a dent in some seniors’ Social Security checks. The author explains why this is the case.

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Payroll Tax Cut? Not So Fast…

March 14, 2020 8:17 AM
Payroll Tax Cut? Not So Fast…

The author says that a payroll tax reduction is possible, but there are still no details as of yet.

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Will Social Security Catch the Flu?

March 11, 2020 7:12 AM
Will Social Security Catch the Flu?

The author says that the Coronavirus is the type of economic event that could change the path of Social Security.

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