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’s Future in English

By on April 9, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Social Security’s Future in English

Will Social Security be there for Millenials in retirement? The author isn’t very optimistic about the possibility.

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Second-Litter Subsidy Says A Lot About Social Security

By on March 9, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Second-Litter Subsidy Says A Lot About Social Security

The author says a little used feature of Social Security says a lot about the program’s coming crisis. It may cost future retirees nearly 1/2 trillion in benefits.

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Your Lost Savings on Social Security

By on January 23, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Your Lost Savings on Social Security

How much money is Social Security costing you in terms of lost savings? The author offers an analysis.

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Turning Social Security Into Welfare

By on December 8, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) shared his ideas on Social Security in a recent interview. The author says they would ultimately turn it into a welfare program.

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CBO’s Improving, Pessimistic View of Social Security’s Future

By on October 30, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
CBO’s Improving, Pessimistic View of Social Security’s Future

A new CBO report highlights improvements to the financial health of Social Security but remains pessimistic about its future overall.

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Double Taxation of Social Security

By on October 16, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Double Taxation of Social Security

The author says that what he describes as double taxation of Social Security benefits is unfair, but Congress has little option to address the situation.

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Social Security: It’s All Part of the Plan

By on August 15, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Social Security: It’s All Part of the Plan

The author says that Social Security is gradually heading towards a financial crisis, and the worst part about it is there seems to be no plan to deal with it.

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Social Security’s Deficits Still Rising According to 2017 Trustees Report

By on July 14, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Social Security’s Deficits Still Rising According to 2017 Trustees Report

The 2017 Trustees report shows some significant improvements for Social Security, and yet the costs to fix the program are exploding higher.

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Social Security Needs More Independent Oversight

By on July 10, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Social Security Needs More Independent Oversight

Social Security hasn’t had Public Trustees in two years, and the author says the fact that President Trump hasn’t nominated a replacement should frighten the average person worried about the financial stability of the program. Who is producing the numbers that guide the discussion of Social Security?

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Is Social Security a Safety-Net or a Stipend For Wealthy Seniors?

By on May 16, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Is Social Security a Safety-Net or a Stipend For Wealthy Seniors?

Most people consider Social Security a safety net, but new research suggests that benefits fall disproportionately to the wealthy in retirement. The author provides an analysis.

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