The Retiree Advocate: August 2015
Welcome to the August 2015 issue of The Retiree Advocate, the monthly newsletter of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA).
In This Issue:
- Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor
- March, 2016 ADVOCATE
- Climate Change Is Violence…NOW
- Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis: The Cost of Being a US Colony
- What’s Next in the Fight for Fair Trade?
- What’s Wrong with Europe?
- "Secret Memo": Primary Election Bad News for Developers and Landlords
- Initiative 735 Urges Congress to Amend the US Constitution
- Frank Irigon Receives National Award
- In Memory of Edie Koch
- Celebrate and Organize
By David Groves There once was a time when labor issues and progressive causes were not only extensively covered in the local media, they appeared in newspapers published by the unions themselves. The University of Washington’s Labor Press Project documents the union newspapers in the Pacific Northwest that were a critical part of the labor movement in the 1900s. Newspapers like the Seattle Union […]
By Congressman Jim McDermott Three years ago, on March 23, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, was passed. It was the most significant reform to our health care system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 and has faced as much controversy. Only a year ago, the law was threatened by both a looming election and a potentially negative […]
By Duncan Black Recent and near-retirees, the first major cohort of the 401(k) era, do not have nearly enough in retirement savings to even come close to maintaining their current lifestyles. We need an across the board increase in Social Security retirement benefits of 20% or more. We need it to happen right now, even if that means raising taxes on high incomes […]
Sen. Bernie Sanders authored an amendment to the Senate budget which passed on Saturday, March 23. Sen. Sanders amendment, which passed unanimously, opposed switching to the chained CPI in calculating Social Security benefits. The amendment is included in the final budget which passed the Senate. In a statement released after the vote, Sanders stressed that […]
By Mike Andrew The banks are closed, and no one knows when they will reopen. If you can find an ATM still stocked with cash, it will only give you $160. No one will take your checks anymore because no one knows whether the bank that issued them will still be in business tomorrow. You’re […]
We received the following note from our beloved 92 year old Editor and President Emeritus. He is an inspiration to all of us who have been fortunate enough to know him and work with him. Robby, Please convey to the membership my appreciation for the many kind and thoughtful expressions afforded me. I wish nothing more than to rejoin them. Toward that end […]
By Tom Lux and Chuck Richards, PSARA Governmental Committee Co-chairs Our members deserve to know how candidates for local office feel about issues that are of great concern to PSARA members. To help keep our members informed the Government Relations Committee (GRC) will be developing a short questionnaire for local political candidates. This year we will be concentrating on only a few races: the […]
“If the environment was a bank the United States would have saved it already!” –Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela
By Mike Andrew Is the country in the grip of a “debt crisis” so dangerous to our future that we need to restructure major social programs that have been in place since the New Deal? The short answer is NO. A longer and more complex answer is that the so-called “debt crisis” is being used […]
By Robby Stern The Silver Tsunami is arriving as the oldest edge of the baby boomer generation is reaching their mid 60s. While the vast majority of this generation does not yet need assistance with life’s daily tasks, we know enough about the aging process to know that the time will come when many of […]