Social Security has been a battlefield among policymakers over the past year. Some have argued for enhanced benefits by imposing higher taxes to fund the program, such as boosting the amount of wages on which Social Security payroll taxes are collected or hiking the rate of that payroll tax. Others have argued that higher taxes aren’t the answer and have instead focused on other ways to control Social Security expenditures.
Regardless of your views, control of Congress and the White House is now in the hands of those who have argued against tax increases. Here are some of the ways that Social Security can resolve its impending financial crisis without resorting to higher taxes.
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1. Reduce cost of living increases
The most painless way to pull Social Security expenditures back in line with the program’s tax revenue is to make gradual changes that add up over time to big savings. That’s the goal of various proposals to slow the rate of growth in Social Security benefits, most of which hinge on changing the methodology that the Social Security Administration uses to make annual cost of living adjustments.
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- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
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Source: SEC Filings
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Payne is going with the owner, operator and franchiser of a wildly popular sports and wings bar for this year’s pick: Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD).
With commodities prices in the dumps, BWLD stands to benefit as Americans have more cash lining their pockets thanks to lower gas prices. That’s cash, Charles reasons, that Buffalo Wild Wings will be able to claim a chunk of. Not to mention the fact that if chicken prices remain subdued, it’ll mean a beefier bottom line.
- [By Peter Graham]
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