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New tax law reveals the mirage of the Social Security trust fund

I used to joke about the government "solving" Social Security's long-term problems by creating Treasury IOUs out of thin air and sticking them in the program's trust fund. My point, of course, was to show that no matter how many Treasury securities there are in the trust fund - currently about $2...

The Progressive, and right, way to handle dividends

Progressive is best known for Flo, the irritating star of the ubiquitous TV and radio commercials it uses to flog car insurance. Despite having a pitchwoman almost as over the top as the Geico gecko, Progressive is low-key when it comes to promoting its most interesting policy: the way it pays di...

Let's talk turkey about privatizing Social Security

Thanksgiving is upon us, making this a perfect time to go searching for turkeys - the financial variety, of course. But this year, rather than looking backward at inept deals or government programs, let's try to find future turkeys.

Deer overpopulation taking economic toll

If you think deer are cute woodland creatures like Bambi, think again. In the real world - to the extent that suburbs like mine are the real world - deer are pests. "Rats with hooves" is the term for them in my household, which is plagued by deer that eat our plants, defecate all over our yard an...

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