Social-Security

“My view is that when you have millions of seniors in this country trying to get by, and I don’t know how they do, on 11, 12, $13,000 a year, you don’t cut Social Security, you expand it. And the way you expand it is by lifting the cap on taxable incomes…you do that, and Social Security is solvent until 2061, and you can expand benefits.”

- Bernie Sanders

Transgender Americans Have Been Registering Their Transitions With Social Security Since 1936

Transgender rights may seem like the hot new issue in America today, but transgender people have been around—and have been making contact with the government—for at least the past few generations. That’s according to a fascinating analysis published last week by the United States Census Bureau.

For the analysis, Census Bureau economist Benjamin Cerf Harris looked through Social Security Administration data dating back to the administration’s inception in 1936. Harris sought records of people who had changed their first names from something that’s strongly associated (at least 90 percent of the time) with one gender, to something that’s strongly associated with another gender. He found that, since 1936, more than 135,000 Americans have putatively transitioned genders and registered a new name with Social Security as part of their transition. At least a few folks make this change in every year of Harris’ data.

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They worked their whole life paying income taxes, and if Cruz’s plan is enacted, will have the rules of the game change on them when they can afford it least. Their entitlement payments won’t go up, but the price of everything they buy will.

via Fortune.

Not only does he want to raise taxes but he wants to cut YOUR Social Security and Medicare:

The Absent State

The social safety net, able to provide the minimal provisions for a decent life, is diminishing in many countries and wholly absent in others. In a time of growing inequality, societies are re-evaluating what kind of public responsibility exists between a government and its people to ensure a basic quality of life.

The World Press Photo Foundation and the BredaPhoto International Photo Festival believe that photography can provide a vivid illustration of how people around the world cope with declining social security. For their group project, “The Absent State,” they are teaming with the crowdfunding platform Yournalism to commission five photographers, from five continents, to tell the story of economic insecurity in their countries. The resulting images will show the causes of, and possible solutions to, this deterioration of social well-being. These photographs will also require context, which is why each photographer will be paired with a writer who will complement the reporting with an investigative story. To fund these journalists’ work, World Press Photo has launched a campaign to raise €20,000 in the next 30 days.

The five photographers have all been participants in World Press Photo’s annual Joop Swart Masterclass, which convenes 12 young, promising photojournalists to produce new work and study with six masters of the discipline. Started in 1994, the Joop Swart alumni includes some of today’s most accomplished photojournalists.

The five photographers are: Bryan Schutmaat (USA); Yannis Kontos (Greece); Jia Dai Tengfei (China); Baudouin Mouanda (Congo) and Alejandro Cegarra (Venezuela). Alejandro, who is a contributor to Getty Images Reportage, will explore to what extent the Venezuelan government is providing basic social structure for its citizens, and to what extent they are forced to rely on informal markets and networks.

To donate, visit the Yournalism website.

(Caption: A man rests on an empty shelf, where there is supposed to be cheese and jam, in a government-run market in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo by Alejandro Cegarra/Getty Images Reportage)

Republicans are far less supportive than Democrats of a strong government role on issues related to the social safety net, but it’s a subject on which the party has notable divisions within its ranks.

There are stark socioeconomic differences within the GOP when it comes to issues like poverty, health care and education: Lower-income Republicans are more likely than those with higher incomes to favor a major role for government in these areas.

Republicans divided by income over government’s role in ‘safety net’ issues

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