Brenton Smith
Brenton Smith

Professionally, I manage credit risk in bank deriviatives. Politically I write commentary for www.FixSSNow.Org on the issue of Social Security reform.

Nov. 19, 2013

A Frightening Phrase: "I'm Your Mother-in-Law. I Need a Place to Stay."

A major burden will fall on the shoulders of millennials if we do nothing about social security.

Nov. 12, 2013

This Map Spells Trouble For Democrats in 2014

Only one issue has the weight and range to dominate the 2014 election.
Oct. 29, 2013

Obamacare Lies Hide the Fact That Millions Will Lose Insurance Plans

Obama has been claiming Americans will be able to stay on their current health plans after the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, but the facts prove otherwise.
Oct. 25, 2013

The $60 Million Capitol Building Restoration is a Slap in the Face to Many Americans

The U.S. Capitol building is set undergo a $60 million restoration. Is it a necessary repair, or a vain facelift at a troubled time in our country's finances?
Oct. 17, 2013

Wait — Healthcare.Gov Cost HOW Much?!?!

At first, I thought the figures were from an internet chain-letter. Actually, the source is the GAO, and you will never guess the price.
Oct. 15, 2013

Facts on Obamacare Prove POTUS Will Break These 4 Promises

For all of its strengths, there are four things that the Affordable Care Act cannot claim.

Oct. 9, 2013

Obamacare Isn't Romneycare, and the GOP Didn't Invent It

Pushing the idea that Affordable Care Act based on a GOP idea is misdirection at its best, and is designed to give you the idea that the GOP just wants to argue about the name.
Oct. 2, 2013

Who Caused the Government Shutdown? Obama and the Democrats are at Fault

President Obama's approach to the debt ceiling is nothing more than bet in which Americans lose until he wins.
Sept. 28, 2013

Debt Ceiling 2013: Stop Talking About the GOP — They're Not the Problem

The debate about the debt ceiling has degenerated into a side-show about the politics of the GOP.
Sept. 25, 2013

Social Security Crash Explained In 4 Simple Steps

How did Social Security go from a projected self-funded system in 1935 to a $23 trillion hole?
Sept. 19, 2013

CBO Budget Forecast is Gloomy For Millennials

It isn't like there was much punch in the bowl to start with, but CBO dropped a massive turd in what was left.

Sept. 17, 2013

Minimum Wage Laws Just Keep People Poor

Minimum wage laws do not lift people out of poverty, it solidifies their poverty. A job remains the best anti-poverty tool ever invented.
Sept. 15, 2013

Lehman Brothers Crash: Inside the Accounting Trick That Destroyed the Economy

What is a credit default swap, and how did it destroy our economy?
Sept. 15, 2013

Paulson and Bernanke Screwed Millennials, and Now Expect Your Gratitude

It wasn't enough for Paulson and Bernake to nearly destroy our economy in 2008. Now Millennials are stuck with the debt from it, and are stuck these guys demanding thanks 5 years later.
Sept. 5, 2013

The One Economic Number That We Need to Talk About: 47%

The 47% of Americans who do not pay income taxes is a function of changes at the IRS which is progressively managing the implementation of social policy.
Aug. 31, 2013

U.S. Debt Ceiling Clock Almost at Midnight, Here's One Proposal That Could Save Us

Interest burden is the cost that you paid for things that past voters wanted enough to have, but not enough to pay for. What is it costing you?

Aug. 30, 2013

Outrageous Fear Mongering Takes Hold Of D.C. As Debt Ceiling Deadline Approaches

D.C.'s threats about Social Security are meant to terrorize the weakest element of our society. The threat is comically stupid, but the fear that is created is quite real.
Aug. 26, 2013

The One Phrase That Explains the Great Recession

How Bear Stearns got into a position to destroy our economy, and how Washington missed it.
Aug. 21, 2013

The $3 Trillion Question That No One Wants to Answer

Where will the government get the money to repay the Social Security Trust Fund? From millennials.
Aug. 19, 2013

Inside the Dark Reality Of Obama's Job Numbers

While the number of jobs is up, the quality of those jobs is questionable.