THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping Someone Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

A Guest Post by Donna Fitzgerald As a caregiver, it’s likely you’ve helped to fill out and assisted with mountains of important paperwork. If you are caring for a loved one or have recently become employed to help care for someone with a debilitating medical condition, there’s a good chance that he or she is ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping Someone Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

A Guest Post by Donna Fitzgerald As a caregiver, it’s likely you’ve helped to fill out and assisted with mountains of important paperwork. If you are caring for a loved one or have recently become employed to help care for someone with a debilitating medical condition, there’s a good chance that he or she is ...

Autonomy For All: Government That Works: CPP is Healthy Say Actuaries

Every 3 years the Canada Pension Plan is analyzed by professional actuaries (with peer review by independent actuaries picked by the UK government) to analyze its financies against the best practice means of assessing likely future pay outs and revenue.  Once again, the 26th such report finds the CPP is healthy over the “long term” ...

Autonomy For All: Government That Works: CPP is Healthy Say Actuaries

Every 3 years the Canada Pension Plan is analyzed by professional actuaries (with peer review by independent actuaries picked by the UK government) to analyze its financies against the best practice means of assessing likely future pay outs and revenue.  Once again, the 26th such report finds the CPP is healthy over the “long term” ...

Autonomy For All: Government That Works: CPP is Healthy Say Actuaries

Every 3 years the Canada Pension Plan is analyzed by professional actuaries (with peer review by independent actuaries picked by the UK government) to analyze its financies against the best practice means of assessing likely future pay outs and revenue.  Once again, the 26th such report finds the CPP is healthy over the “long term” ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Guest Post: Applying For Social Security Benefits for Your Loved One and For Yourself

If you provide ongoing care for a disabled individual, then you may need to be the one who applies for benefits on his or her behalf. There are additionally some state and local programs that provide additional benefits directly to full-time caregivers of the disabled, which means that you may also be able to receive ...

Autonomy For All: Conservative Pension Behavioural Utopianism

Conservatives like to portray themselves as hard-bitten “realists” who look objectively at the world as it really is and shake their heads at silly liberals with our rose coloured glasses.  Yet I often find conservatives pushing policy ideas that are based on Utopian standards of human behaviour.  This is where they make policies that will work only ...

The Disaffected Lib: What If The Peasants All Start Talking Like This?

In Washington the Social Security narrative has been captured by the political classes and stood directly on its head, the better to tear it to shreds.  So powerfully has this been done that even the word “entitlement” has been transformed to mean not something deserved but something somehow undeserved, a handout, an unfair demand by ...

The Disaffected Lib: Propaganda Busting – Social Security

Anyone who follows American politics will have heard the Right’s endless demands for “entitlement reform.”   They argue that Social Security is on the verge of insolvency and therefore payouts need to be trimmed.   After all, how can you maintain insane tax cuts for the rich if you have to pay the poor? The Brookings Institute ...

the reeves report: Mowat Centre report finds current EI system riddled with “systemic inequities”

Employment Insurance available through Service Canada Making It Work, the latest report from the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto, has taken aim at Canada’s system of Employment Insurance (EI), one of the cornerstone’s of Canada’s welfare state system. Riddled with “systemic inequities” and “regional political considerations,” the EI system as we currently understand ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Social Security, Full Tilt Poker, has ‘Ponzi Scheme’ ceased to have any meaning?

First there was GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry further popularizing the notion that Social Security was a ponzi scheme, now we have the US DOJ claiming that the shenanigans at Full Tilt Poker is a ponzi scheme as well.  A ponzi scheme isn’t a general term, it doesn’t just mean financial fraud, and it doesn’t ...

Explodable Quotable

Yay!  Here’s a Tuesday Night game for you: What rabidteabag-festoonedfoaming-the-mouthwingnutcalled Social Security a “Ponzi Scheme” whose days are numbered? “First, I think Freeman is over-optimistic when he asserts that there is consensusSocial Security is structured from the point of view of the recipients as if it were an ordinary retirement plan: what you get out ...

Death By Trolley: Talking to political adversaries: Tips on reaching across the aisle

Reaching Across or Reaching Around? With corrupted campaign finance and limited oversight and regulation over the intersections among government agencies (e.g., The White House and The Pentagon) and between government and private industry, big finance and media, one could easily argue that genuine ideological debate in America has taken a backseat to public-to-private reach-arounds masquerading ...