Making Social Security More Progressive: The Games They Play in Washington

Via The Huffington Post | By Dean Baker

The insiders in Washington really really want to cut Social Security, and they are prepared to say or do anything to do it. Among the latest lines is that they want to make Social Security more “progressive.” This sort of rhetoric appeared in a report from the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP) in a plan that proposes substantial cuts in benefits.

…The reason why CAP wants to cut the benefits of factory workers and school teachers is because this is where you have to go if you want to have any substantial reductions in Social Security payments.

…When they talk about cutting benefits for “affluent retirees” or making the program more “progressive,” they are talking about cutting benefits for schoolteachers, firefighters and other middle-income workers.

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