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.

Fertility Breeds Instability for Social Security

By on July 2, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
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

By on June 10, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
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?

By on May 14, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
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?

By on April 23, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
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)

By on March 27, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
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…

By on March 14, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
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?

By on March 11, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
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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Bloomberg’s Plan for Social Security

By on February 18, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Bloomberg’s Plan for Social Security

The author analyzes details of Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg’s plan for Social Security.

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Political Drama: From Protecting Social Security To Gutting It

By on January 29, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Political Drama: From Protecting Social Security To Gutting It

The author says that playing politics with Social Security has led to serious consequences for the program.

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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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