Gingrich’s Social Security plan:
Privatize gains, socialize losses
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Last week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich unveiled details of his plan to partially privatize Social Security. His plan would allow younger workers to contribute a portion of their payroll tax obligation to a private investment account. Roughly speaking, Gingrich is signing on to the legislation from 2004 sponsored by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and former Senator John Sununu (R-NH).

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The failure of the Supercommittee: A recap and next steps

In not unsurprising news, the Supercommittee will shortly announce that they have failed to reach an agreement to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit over ten years. The New York Times reports on why the twelve-member group became deadlocked:

In the end the two sides could not agree on a mix of tax increases and spending cuts and — perhaps above all — on the fate of the tax cuts originally signed by President George W. Bush, which are now scheduled to expire at the end of 2012.

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Perry on Social Security: a newer, softer version of a conservative idea
[Huffington Post]

A few days ago, I wrote about Rick Perry’s unviable tax plan. In the same policy document (PDF, see page 14), he outlines his beliefs about Social Security. A few months ago, Perry was calling Social Security unconstitutional and a Ponzi scheme, but now he seems to want to preserve it. Rick Perry’s statements about Social Security have moderated, but his proposal remains very far to the right.

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