FROM Max Richtman
How Secure is Social Security? Rick Perry has made Social Security a "white hot" political issue once again. In his deficit reduction speech today, President Obama said Social Security will have to be part of some future package -- but not right now. We hear about the financial and political security of the New Deal's most popular legacy.
Social Security: 'Ponzi Scheme' or 'Monstrous Lie?' In today's speech on deficit reduction, President Obama said Social Security should be treated separately — at some later time. But Rick Perry's talk of a "Ponzi scheme" and "a monstrous lie" have made America's most popular government program a possible presidential campaign issue next year. Does Perry's attack make him unelectable, as Mitt Romney claims? Will Republicans in Congress push for privatization? Should the income cap on Social Security taxes be raised? What about the retirement age? Should benefits be reduced before young workers retire?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?