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Yale University Press | Book | August 1, 2006
Social Security and Medicare Reform for the Twenty-First Century
By Will Marshall
Instead of reacting to President Bush's proposals, progressives should develop their own plans to reform Social Security and Medicare.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 15, 2005
Fixing Social Security
By Will Marshall
The right kind of reform on Social Security could virtually eliminate old-age poverty, spur economic growth, reduce inequality of wealth, and strike a fairer balance between the promises we make to older Americans and the need for public investment in families and children.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 25, 2004
A Perfect Fiscal Storm
By Will Marshall
The nation's debts are ballooning at the worst possible time -- just as 77 million baby boomers start reaching retirement age.


PPI | Front & Center | March 21, 2003
Social Security: Fix it Now
By Will Marshall
If Congress fails to act now, the costs of fixing Social Security's problems will be significantly larger down the road.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 11, 2003
Tax Waste, Not Work
By Will Marshall
Here's a not-so-modest proposal: Tax carbon emissions and use the proceeds to fund personal retirement accounts in Social Security for every working American.


UPI | Editorial | December 3, 2002
Social Security Pledge Failed Democrats
By Will Marshall
Instead of a lemming-like rush to placate pressure groups by signing pledges that sanctify the status quo, the Democratic party needs to regain its old habit of independent thought and bold policy innovation.


DLC | New Dem Daily | October 13, 2000
Idea of the Week: KidSave
One of the underlying issues in the ongoing debate on the future of Social Security is its limitations as a source of retirement security. Yesterday Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) introduced a new version of his innovative "KidSave" proposal to give every American citizen at birth a $2,000 loan deposited in a mandatory retirement savings account that could produce through the miracle of compound interest as much as $250,000, or more, by the age of 67.


DLC | New Dem Daily | April 23, 1999
Idea of the Week: Retirement Savings for Low Income Americans
New Democrats should support the President's Universal Savings Accounts (USAs) proposal as a step in the right direction, not just in terms of Social Security reform and retirement security, but as an important commitment to address the single largest economic injustice in American life today, the exclusion of the poor from the accumulation of wealth.


DLC | The New Democrat | January 1, 1999
A Grand Bargain on Social Security
By Will Marshall
Renegotiating the social compact with America's senior citizens and workers.


PPI | Policy Report | November 1, 1998
The Economic Status of the Elderly on the Eve of Social Security Reform
By Timothy Smeeding and James Smith
To insure against old-age poverty and poor health status, the Social Security system needs a solid lower tier of benefits. At the same time, we need to further strengthen incentives to save and to keep on saving, particularly among lower- and middle- income households, so that they may enjoy a solid three-legged stool of pensions, savings, and OASI in old age.


DLC | Talking Points | November 1, 1998
DLC Talking Points: Social Security Reform
As the country prepares to debate how to preserve Social Security for the 21st century, here are several key New Democratic principles for framing the discussion.


DLC | The New Democrat | November 1, 1998
Assaying the Golden Years
An economic snapshot of the elderly on the eve of Social Security reform.


DLC | The New Democrat | November 1, 1998
Now for the Hard Part
By The Editors
On the biggest challenge of all, Social Security, the time has come to replace talk with action.


DLC | The New Democrat | November 1, 1998
Shattering Myths
By Major Garrett and Timothy J. Penny
Before we can fix Social Security, we must understand what it is and is not.


DLC | New Dem Daily | March 20, 1998
Idea of the Week: Modernizing Social Security
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's (D-NY) Social Security Solvency Act is a huge leap forward in the debate on Social Security reform. It scores high on the New Democratic checklist of reforms: fiscal responsibility, progressivity, careful experimentation with private supplemental savings, and most of all, immediate action to reduce the horribly regressive burden of payroll taxes for working Americans.


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