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Social Security and Medicare funds at risk even before virus

The financial conditions of the government’s two biggest benefits programs remain shaky, with Medicare projected to become insolvent in six years and Social Security on track to no longer be …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

Retiree checks to rise modestly amid push to expand benefits

WASHINGTON – Millions of retirees will get a modest 1.6% cost-of-living increase from Social Security in 2020, an uptick with potential political consequences in an election year when Democrats are …

Robert J. Samuelson: Here’s how the internet attacked me

The letter seemed innocuous, except for one troubling detail: I didn’t create an online account with the Social Security Administration.

Medicare, Social Security face shaky fiscal futures

The financial condition of the government’s bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026, according to a report Monday by the …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018

Former manager of Cum Inn Bar & Grill to spend 30 days in jail for defrauding government

A Spokane Valley man who stole more than $230,000 in workers’ comp and federal disability benefits settled a plea agreement in November and will spend 30 days in jail and …

Michael Hiltzik: Mitch McConnell says it out loud: Republicans are gunning for Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare next

All Washington seems to be buzzing over a single question: Is Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., deliberately trying to throw the election to the Democrats? At the root of the debate …

Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers’ vow against Social Security and Medicare cuts rings hollow

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers protests too much about claims she would vote for Social Security and Medicare cuts. Not only is it utterly credible to believe she might vote for …

Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers disagree on Social Security

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, challenger Lisa Brown differ on what to do about the Social Security system.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces smaller, friendlier town hall crowd in downtown Spokane

A year removed from one of the most raucous town halls in her recent congressional career, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faced a relatively calm – and sparse – gathering Thursday …

Robert J. Samuelson: The cowardice of the political class

The trustees for Social Security and Medicare issued their annual reports recently. This is cause for discouragement because it reminds us how much we’ve mortgaged the country’s future to spending …

Trustees report warns Medicare finances worsening

Medicare will run out of money sooner than expected, and Social Security’s financial problems can’t be ignored either, the government said Tuesday in a sobering checkup on programs vital to …

Benefits “flip-flopping” by the VA may earn former deputy new fraud trial

A former Spokane County sheriff’s deputy may get a new trial after one of the federal agencies he was convicted of defrauding somehow didn’t keep up on current events and …

More Americans expect to work until 70; there are benefits

Americans long viewed 65 as the age to stop working. It was considered full retirement age by Social Security for many, Medicare benefits kick in then and historical practice had …

UPDATED: Sun., May 6, 2018

One out of 10 Social Security offices has closed since 2000

A series of shutdowns across the country by the Social Security Administration is causing major difficulties for the elderly, people with disabilities and other beneficiaries, activists and political leaders say. …

Social Security is now headless because of Trump’s inaction. Will other agencies be decapitated?

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s lackadaisical approach toward political appointments has left the Social Security Administration headless. It hasn’t had a confirmed director in five years, and now it doesn’t …

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Robert J. Samuelson: Favoritism toward welfare state threatens U.S. security

The Pentagon and the welfare state have been locked in brutal combat for decades, and the Pentagon has gotten clobbered. Welfare programs – Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and other …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017

Nabbed at a Pizza Hut, fugitive lawyer returns to justice

A fugitive Kentucky lawyer who disappeared six months ago before facing a prison sentence for his central role in a massive Social Security fraud case has been captured in Honduras …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017

Officials: Lawyer wanted for fraud captured in Honduras

A fugitive Kentucky lawyer who disappeared six months ago before facing a prison sentence for his central role in a massive Social Security fraud case has been captured in Honduras …

Robert J. Samuelson: Americans aren’t taxed enough

Americans like big government. They just don’t like paying for it. Borrowing is easier. It’s largely invisible to most Americans, creating the illusion of “something for nothing.” This liberates Republicans …

Samuelson: Budget primer points to problems

Americans should balance the pain of taxes with gains from government. If people want big government, they should pay for it. If they dislike higher taxes, they should cut government.

Froma Harrop: Will you work till you drop?

Americans who don’t plan, can’t plan or are in too desperate straits to put anything aside may end up working for the rest of their lives.

Social Security recipients will see 2 percent boost in 2018

Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year, the largest increase since 2012, thought it comes to only $25 a …

Securities regulator says personal info was leaked in breach

The Securities and Exchange Commission is now saying that at least two people had their personal information stolen in the breach that happened last year.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017

Equifax says data from 143 million Americans exposed in hack

Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other data of about 143 million Americans. Now those people have to …

Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Will Rogers, RIP, Aug. 17, 1935

Idaho residents at risk from Kansas cyberattack; millions of Social Security numbers exposed

Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts …

SS disability program discourages work

The number of disabled workers on the rolls has doubled over the past two decades, and outlays have doubled as well.

Trump team defends budget; lawmakers have serious doubts about plan

President Donald Trump’s budget chief delivered a spirited defense of the plan’s deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies …

UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017

Trump’s $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation’s economic growth to …