Social Security: It Ain’t Broke

Social Security: It Ain’t Broke

Social Security is more popular than sliced bread. And it should be. Our Social Security system is the foundation of our families’ security: We work hard and pay into it with every paycheck so each of us can retire with dignity. Social Security is a basic part...
My Broken Heart

My Broken Heart

I celebrated the Fourth of July this year by having a heart attack. All things considered, watching fireworks would have been more fun. I woke up at 2 a.m. on July 5th with raging pain in my chest and both arms. I was bathed in a cold, clammy sweat, and my breath was...
How the Rich Welsh on Retirement Taxes

How the Rich Welsh on Retirement Taxes

For almost 40 years, Uncle Sam has generously subsidized retirement accounts (regular IRAs, 401ks, 403bs and the like) for our golden years. Annual contributions are commonly tax-free. The gains that accumulate on these investments are tax-deferred, usually for...
The Freedom to Die with Dignity

The Freedom to Die with Dignity

Now that death Is at your door; Hope you planned it Long before. You may have missed it amid all this fuss about Catholics and contraception. The Church’s pushback over routine birth control methods stemmed in large part from an important edict the U.S....
Chained COLAs and the Battle over Social Security

Chained COLAs and the Battle over Social Security

Like something out of a bad movie, the failed congressional supercommittee plotted to use “chained COLAs” to cut future Social Security benefits for America’s retired workers. No, chained COLA isn’t some kind of carbonated beverage gone bad....
The New Caregiving Movement

The New Caregiving Movement

Marie rushed into my office last year, panting and apologizing for being late for her appointment to work on her resume. She’s a professional caregiver whose career has spanned professions, including housekeeper, preschool teacher, nanny, and home health aide....

Stay Healthy

Republicans have hatched a health care plan that will bring down costs dramatically. It’s called “Die Young.” It mainly targets the poor. Democrats have a plan, too. It’s called “Appoint a Commission of Experts; They’ll Know What to...

America’s Expendable Workers

Sought a unionTo get some clout;Boss spent thousandsTo keep it out. Back in business school, they taught us that a company’s major costs were land, labor, and capital. There were strategies to minimize each, with labor the most complicated cost to control. That...

It’s Still Not Easy to Die Peacefully

Years of struggle, Joy and strife; Body’s done, But not my life. It’s been 25 years now since an AP poll revealed that a majority of Americans thought terminally ill patients should have the right to die. Assuming, of course, that they wanted to. Fat lot...

Elders’ Safety Net Could Fray After Nov. 2

Stores are already full of Halloween costumes and scary stuff for October 31. TV stations are gearing up for reruns of “Nightmare on Elm Street” and its many sequels, when Freddy Krueger will revisit us again and again. But what really ought to terrify...

Happy Birthday, Social Security

Social Security, created by FDR in the midst of the Great Depression, recently turned 75. If she were a person, this 75-year-old would probably appreciate the monthly check, which keeps 13 million elderly Americans out of poverty. Myself, I’m several decades...

Leaving Granny Behind

President Obama’s Fiscal Commission–a group of lawmakers, former officials, and other experts charged with developing a bipartisan plan to stabilize our soaring national debt–is primarily holding closed-door hearings. The commission’s...

As Death Nears, Be Prepared to Suffer

When I lay me, own to die; The church won’t let me, Pass on by. Have you heard about the Belgians? They now allow assisted suicide. Takers have quickly risen to two percent of the failing population. The Swiss too have developed a relaxed view of dying. Their...

Our National Pastime Is Too Brutal

Football is our national pastime. It used to be baseball—no longer. It’s hard to believe but there was a time when there was hardly a town or village that didn’t support some sort of baseball team, be it minor league, semi-professional or amateur....