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Friday, May 25, 2018

Autopsy of a Retirement Plan

James W. Russell
Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Portland State University

https://www.aaup.org/article/autopsy-retirement-plan?link_id=11&can_id=bdbc0d306f89414980d15a11b54b4554&source=email-cultivating-our-classrooms-2&email_referrer=email_357191&email_subject=cultivating-our-classrooms#.WweH-NQvzIV

In "Autopsy of a Retirement Plan," AAUP Academe (May-June 2018), social policy analyst James W. Russell demonstrates why his defined contribution retirement plan despite having high rates of contributions and investment earnings still failed to produce adequate retirement income.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Disability Protection IS Part of Social Security.

William Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance

Benjamin Veghte, Vice President for Policy, National Academy of Social Insurance

During the 2016 campaign, President Trump promised not to cut Social Security. Yet the White House’s FY 2018 Budget proposes up to $64 billion in cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) expenditures. The cuts stem mostly from measures to “test new program rules and processes and require mandatory participation by program applicants and beneficiaries,” with the objective of moving disabled beneficiaries from the SSDI program into fuller labor market participation.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Policy Perspectives with Founding Academy Members: Podcast with Theodore (Ted) Marmor

In the fourth of a series of podcast interviews, National Academy of Social Insurance CEO William Arnone talks with Founding Member Theodore R. Marmor about the early days of the Academy. Marmor is Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Management & Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Yale School of Management. Listen now.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Role of Paid Family Leave in Reducing Workforce Disparities

Alexandra Bradley, Health Policy Analyst

In recent decades, women have entered the work force in droves, making substantial contributions to families’ financial stability. As a result, however, the once common figure of a stay-at-home caregiver is rapidly diminishing, and families are left to fill in the gaps. Despite increasing responsibilities outside the home, women still also shoulder the primary responsibility of both caregiving for children and for ill or aging adult family members. Increasing pressure to make ends meet with less time and stagnant wages is taking both a financial and emotional toll on working families.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Social Security at 81: A Wise Program Fit for New Challenges

Elliot Schreur, National Academy of Social Insurance


Sunday, August 14 is the 81st anniversary of our Social Security system.  While few of us were alive to celebrate the system’s first anniversary in 1936, even fewer have living memories of the social problems that gave rise to it. At the time, half of all seniors were living in poverty, individual retirement savings plans like 401(k)s were 40 years away, and depression-era workers were having a hard enough time providing for themselves and their children, let alone supporting their parents and grandparents. What are we to make today of a program that was created in an almost unrecognizable industrial economy?

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