Political Dodgeball: Updating Social Security

En español | You may have played dodgeball as a child. If you didn’t, the premise is pretty simple: Dodge any ball that is hurled in your direction while trying to throw balls at other players to knock them out of the game. The last two people in the game usually square off in some form of “chicken,” and the last person standing wins. Sounds eerily reminiscent of our political process for the presidency too, doesn’t it? Avoid specifics and …

We the People vs. Wall Street

The story of David and Goliath is usually told when someone who is facing daunting odds and isn’t supposed to win does just that — wins. Whether it’s an underrated Cinderella story in March Madness, the Cubs and the World Series — if they ever get there again — or when Wall Street actually loses to “we the people.” These stories are sadly all too few. But today we scored one for the little guy: The Obama administration finalized the …

Older Workers Haven’t Recovered Retirement Optimism

En español | Older workers are less confident today than a decade ago about having enough money for a comfortable retirement, according to a new survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Among workers 55 and older, 20 percent say they are very confident of their retirement prospects. That’s down 6 percentage points from 2006 and the steepest decline in optimism among all age groups, EBRI reports. Enter to win a Volvo V60 Cross Country, a national parks vacation for two …

You Did It! CNN Presses Candidates on Social Security

Your voices were heard. Last night, CNN Republican debate moderator Jake Tapper responded to the 140,000 AARP members who signed our petition and others who tweeted suggested questions by asking every candidate about their plan for the future of Social Security. Last week, AARP’s Take a Stand campaign delivered petitions to Fox News and CNN urging the networks to ask the candidates a question about how they would update Social Security for future generations. Our AARP Florida team also did …

Correct the Record on Social Security

It’s time to set the record straight on Donald Trump and Social Security. The leading Republican candidate has yet to come out with a real plan, and the clock is ticking. Recently on ABC’s “This Week”, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tried to defend Trump and direct attention elsewhere:  “No one else has a plan on Social Security,” Christie claimed. “So why aren’t we testing all these other candidates, as well?…” With all due respect, Christie’s remarks were misleading. Since …

Voters Deserve Answers on Social Security

En español |  I will never forget attending my first political debate. It was in Philadelphia, way back in the 1980s, and the two major candidates for vice president were squaring off. I was a college Republican attending Penn State University and was lucky to get a seat. While I don’t remember much of what was said, I recall it was a real exchange of ideas. Yes, there were personal attacks and some personal questions. But the moderators pushed the …