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 and the Myth About the 3rd-Rail

By on August 9, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Social Security and the Myth About the 3rd-Rail

The author says that the 3rd-Rail of Politics is just an anachronism that politicians use to avoid talking about Social Security.

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Fixing Social Security Starts With Us, the Voters

By on July 5, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Fixing Social Security Starts With Us, the Voters

The author says that the path to fixing Social Security ultimately lies in the hands of the voters.

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What The Numbers In Social Security Mean To The Voter

By on June 13, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
What The Numbers In Social Security Mean To The Voter

The latest Social Security Trustees’ report led to mixed claims about the financial state of the program. The author breaks down the important points.

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Chained CPI Hits Social Security Through Taxation of Benefits

By on May 21, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Chained CPI Hits Social Security Through Taxation of Benefits

The tax reform bill includes a technical change with the potential to cut into Social Security payments for future seniors.

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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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