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    Social Security COLA: How to Improve Accuracy and Stop Excess Spending

    Time for some simple math: Which poll will more accurately determine the effect of a change on a whole group—one that surveys three of 10 people, or one that surveys nine of 10? While this may seem like an easy question, the Social Security Administration (SSA) currently receives a failing … More

    Social Security Turns 78: What Was It Meant to Do?

    When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law on August 14, 1935, he referred to it as “a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.” But today’s Social … More

    A Constructive First Step to Reform Social Security

    Dave Camp (R–MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has announced a series of hearings on bipartisan entitlement reform proposals, the first of which is using the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Social Security. In advance of these hearings, Camp has issued a request for public input. … More

    Social Security Benefits and Cost of Living: Protecting Against Inflation

    Adopting the chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) in Social Security to more accurately account for changes in the cost of living is a small first step toward fixing a broken program that is currently accelerating its own demise by paying excess benefits. Fifty-seven million Americans receive Social Security benefits, and … More

    A Step in the Right Direction: Obama’s Chained CPI Proposal

    Outside the President’s general, grow-the-government, increase-the-debt, tax-the-rich budget themes lies a commonsense proposal to use a more accurate measure of inflation when calculating government benefit growth rates and changes in income tax brackets. The purpose of inflation-based adjustments is to account for changes in prices over time. But current inflation … More