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Tacoma Social Security Forum: Preserve It, Strengthen It, Pass It On

By Alex Stone

Please join us at a forum to hear noted economist, Dean Baker, talk about the challenges and opportunities facing our Social Security system, on February 20th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the University of Washington-Tacoma’s Philip Hall.

Long-time opponents of Social Security spun wild yarns about the debt and deficit this summer, and during the run-up to the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

Ignoring ten years of war and tax cuts for the wealthy (both purchased on the national credit card) as well as a pandemic of Wall Street greed that nearly sunk the American economy, they pointed their finger at America’s last stronghold of economic safety: Social Security.

Now, well-known economist Dean Baker is visiting Washington State to talk about how to defend and improve Social Security for future generations.

Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., Baker refutes the misguided idea that
the benefits workers have earned should be used to pay down the debt or finance ongoing tax cuts for the wealthy – or that the retirement age should be raised any further. Instead, Dean makes a strong case for increasing benefits, especially given the uncertainty most Americans are facing in retirement.

Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director at the Economic Opportunity Institute, will also be a featured speaker. For more information visit

Alex Stone is Communications and Techonolgy Manager at the Economic Opportunity Institute, and a PSARA member

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