Become a Patron! When ignorant people want to sound serious, they start solemnly intoning about the Social Security funding crisis and the need for a "long-term" "fix" to the "problem." This serves three useful purposes: it allows the speaker to change the subject from any actual problems existing today, it provides the superficial cover of concern for vulnerable … [Read more...] about What will the Social Security funding “crisis” look like?
Become a Patron! I've written previously about the SECURE Act, the House version of a measure designed to encourage employers to allow employees to gamble their retirement savings on the long-term financial stability of private insurance companies. The measure has since cleared the House but is currently being held up in the Senate for now by Ted Cruz who is trying to turn … [Read more...] about The SECURE Act and the defects of the centrist mind
Become a Patron! The other day I got into a very frustrating argument with a popular anonymous Finance Twitter account about the epistemology of 401(k) savings vehicles. The frustration arose from a very specific phrase he used to describe one of the benefits of a Roth 401(k) over a traditional 401(k): "you’re able to contribute more with a Roth 401k." This is such a strange … [Read more...] about Roth 401(k)’s are different, but they’re not special
Become a Patron! This morning I hauled myself out of bed early to go down to the American Enterprise Institute and listen to Bill Cassidy discuss the outlines of his plan for paid parental leave. The dervishes at AEI already uploaded the video, so you can take a look for yourself, if you can stand to listen to politicians speak for more than 30 seconds at a time. Bonus: if … [Read more...] about Bill Cassidy has the worst paid parental leave plan yet
Aparna Mathur is a Resident Scholar, Economic Policy, at the American Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank with an excellent kitchen that I periodically visit when I want to save money on lunch or cocktails. If you're ever in DC I strongly recommend visiting their events page to see if you can enjoy one of their catered meals or open bars. Scholar Mathur has … [Read more...] about Beware Republicans bearing robust debate and compromise