Can We, and/or Should We, Fix Social Security?

Our existing Social Security system lives comfortably in the capitalist economic model we have here in the US. We can agree it has flaws which need to be addressed from time to time. The current flaw is that without some changes, it won’t be able to provide the financial safety net for older Americans that …

Continue reading Can We, and/or Should We, Fix Social Security?

10 Interesting Statistics About Social Security

My comments: The American Social Security system is designed, among other things, to keep older folks from having to sleep in the streets. As a child in 1950, I spent two years in India, courtesy of my father’s company who sent him there to train locals in the use of American made machinery provided to …

Continue reading 10 Interesting Statistics About Social Security

A Few Reasons to File for Social Security at Full Retirement Age

Chances are you are already thinking about Social Security if you were born in 1960 or earlier. You are also aware of articles all over internet about when it’s best to sign up and start taking your retirement benefits. As someone who has taught workshops about Social Security for years, I can tell you that …

Continue reading A Few Reasons to File for Social Security at Full Retirement Age

What does it cost to file early for Social Security benefits?

We've all probably read that most people file and start taking Social Security at age 62. We’ve also read that it’s a good idea to claim at 62. And for every message that it’s a good idea, there’s another saying it’s a bad idea. I identify four or five ideas here to help you define …

Continue reading What does it cost to file early for Social Security benefits?

High Income Inequality Hurts Social Security’s Finances

45 million people is a lot of potential voters. That’s the number of American receiving retirement benefits every month. As 2035 gets closer and it becomes obvious changes have to be made by Congress to maintain Social Security, how many of those potential voters are going to elect someone willing to let Social Security die? …

Continue reading High Income Inequality Hurts Social Security’s Finances

Why You Should Create a My Social Security Account

Can you believe it??? Capitalism and socialism working together? Whoever caused that to happen should be voted out of office… What were those bas**rds thinking? Actually, there are more than 60 million Americans today who rely on monthly checks from the Social Security Administration. And believe it or not, there is a damn good website. …

Continue reading Why You Should Create a My Social Security Account

7 of 10 Adults Over Age 50 Get This Wrong About Social Security

My Comments: Social Security has become a critical financial component in the lives of millions of retired people. If you’re not there yet, you must learn the basics or live with the regret. I think of age 50 as a critical turning point for any adult who thinks they might retire some day. From this …

Continue reading 7 of 10 Adults Over Age 50 Get This Wrong About Social Security