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.

The Risks of Privatizing Social Security

By on July 6, 2014 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The author says that the notion of privatizing Social Security will not improve the financial prospects of the program.

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Going in the Wrong Direction

By on May 27, 2014 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Americans face a growing risk that they will outlive their savings during retirement. The author says that the proposals to address this risk are wrong.

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Drawbacks to Marco Rubio's Social Security Proposals

By on May 15, 2014 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) outlined a number of reforms for Social Security in a speech this week. The author says that while well intentioned, Rubio’s proposals would actually make Social Security less solvent.

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Did Lyndon Johnson Steal From the Social Security Trust Fund?

By on May 8, 2014 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The author says that a pervasive online myth is that Lyndon Johnson stole money from the Social Security trust fund in order to pay for the Vietnam war.

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Social Security: The 3rd Rail of Politics

By on April 6, 2014 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The author says that the House budget proposal released recently isn’t about the math of Social Security, but rather just about the politics of the debate over what to do with the program.

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The Impact of Life Expectancy on Social Security

By on March 18, 2014 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

The author says that increasing life expectancies in America creates two financial burdens for Social Security and offers some detail on what this means.

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The Impact of Time on Social Security

By on December 22, 2013 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

The author says that the more time that goes by, the worse off financially the Social Security program becomes. He argues that politicians need to work on a fix before it’s too late.

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The Trouble with Social Security Reform

By on June 25, 2013 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

The author says that the reform debate of Social Security has two opposing views, neither of which would actually reform the existing system.

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Social Security Trust Fund Myths

By on June 2, 2013 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

The author says that some of the information put forth by critics of the Social Security Trust Fund is false and delineates what he says are facts surrounding the fund and its assets.

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