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.

Delayed Benefits Could Expedite Social Security’s Financial Instability

July 24, 2019 9:24 AM , Updated August 5, 2019 2:16 PM
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?

May 4, 2019 8:15 AM , Updated May 14, 2019 11:18 AM
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?

April 21, 2019 3:27 PM , Updated April 22, 2019 3:19 PM
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?

March 20, 2019 2:41 PM , Updated March 30, 2019 9:07 AM
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?

February 11, 2019 9:41 AM , Updated February 18, 2019 12:40 PM

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?

December 11, 2018 12:43 PM
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

December 3, 2018 10:28 AM , Updated December 10, 2018 5:42 PM
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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Will The Cavalry Save Social Security?

November 15, 2018 10:16 AM , Updated November 25, 2018 5:09 PM

The author says the typical worker faces the prospect of losing money on Social Security. Will higher taxes solve this problem?

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Fact Check: The GOP Targets Social Security

October 24, 2018 10:16 AM , Updated November 4, 2018 2:44 PM

Social Security is often made into a political issue, but the author says that it will take bipartisan action to solve problems facing the program.

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Social Security Claiming Rules Invite Calamity

October 16, 2018 11:14 AM , Updated October 24, 2018 6:08 PM
Social Security Claiming Rules Invite Calamity

The author says that a combination of poor advice and out-dated rules expose seniors to consequences that last a life time.

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