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.

Fixing Social Security Starts With Us, the Voters

July 5, 2018 9:17 AM
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

June 13, 2018 11:09 AM
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

May 21, 2018 11:19 AM
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

April 9, 2018 12:22 PM
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

March 9, 2018 11:38 AM
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

January 23, 2018 2:47 PM
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

December 8, 2017 3:35 PM

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

October 30, 2017 10:44 AM
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

October 16, 2017 11:19 AM
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

August 15, 2017 10:48 AM
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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