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A Panel Discussion By 1983 Greenspan Commission Staffers--"Increasing The Social Security Age," Clip #1 [1:08] (Revised)

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Below is the first of a number of short video clips of three former Greenspan Commission staffers and a moderator discussing Social Security reform, past and present.

I decided to post these clips in the form of a Tweet in hopes that readers would be willing to retweet them, if they think they merit it. I apologize that these clips are not embeddable.

Clicking on Reply, Retweet or Favorite opens to a "live hyperlink" to the video, and of course, you don't have to follow through on Retweeting, etc . Although I hope that you choose to do so. ;) [I hope this isn't insulting to you savvier users--I'm still trying to figure out how Twitter works. LOL!]

Clip #1 covers "low hanging fruit" in regard to policy, and explains that an increase in the Full Retirement Age (FRA) effects all people up and down the line, and is probably not "news" to most folks in this community. (You may notice that C-Span also provides a "rolling" transcript to the left of the video.)

But most of the information that these former Greenspan Commission staffers discuss is not common knowledge, nor fully understood.

Here's Clip #1

And here's the link to the brief entitled, "Strengthening Social Security for the Long Run." It was written by The National Academy of Social Insurance, the organization that conducted this forum.

I found this panel discussion to be very instructive. I have never heard most of the material that they covered ever mentioned, much less discussed. But more importantly, these [former Greenspan Commission] staffers point out that the full effects of the 1983 "cuts" to Social Security have not yet been implemented nor realized. Their mission was to "warn" lawmakers to think twice before making further cuts to Social Security benefits.

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” — Woodrow Wilson

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Submitted by lambert on

I like series.

I wish there were a way to embed to clip...

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Submitted by CMike on

Dean Baker has long been my go to expert on the subject. He blurbs positively about this book, which I haven't finished yet but it seems to be covering both the political history and the spread sheet issues concerning Social Security with all of the detail anyone my side of full wonk-nerd would ever need beginning with the in-fighting that emerged during the Carter years. (The book's first two chapters sweep through the story of the program from 1935 to the Reagan years before the history starts becoming quite detailed. I think Chapter 1 is available, along with additional exerpts, in the site's "look inside" feature at Amazon if you have an account there .)

Here's a link to Virtually Speaking interviewing the author, Eric Laursen. (I think you'll have to use the "download this episode" option which for me ends up at this link.)

Anyway, finding a way to mainstream these perspectives, that is to say, explaining the purposes of Social Security and its actuarial prospects to voters, is almost as important as putting together the actual wonk version for where these matters stand, so good luck with your efforts Alexa.

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Submitted by Alexa on

hope that my little series does not disappoint you. It won't be anything spectacular for sure, since it will mainly consist of short video clips (in Tweet form) from the above-referenced panel discussion. In a few instances, I'll probably make additional remarks for clarification.

Certainly, remarks and information from you and other readers is most appreciated and helpful. :)

The truth of the matter is that I'm choosing to use the videos because writing is not my forte (obviously, I'm sure.) I've been known to edit a four- to six-sentence comment as many as 5-10 times. Writing definitely does not come naturally to me, so it is an extremely tedious and time-consuming exercise.

Although I've expressed disappointment and frustration with Dr. Baker, I also rely on him, or his expertise, for much of my information regarding the topic of Social Security. I'm sure that I'll reference his work in my comments.

Thanks again for the links. I will go over the material in the next couple of days. I am always grateful for supplemental information and comments.

Submitted by hipparchia on

keep up the good work!

i think the clips could probably be embedded, but that there would be legal repercussions if we tried it.

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Submitted by Alexa on

If I remember correctly, I told you the other day that "I had found a way to embed videos using Twitter."

Well, apparently I was confused. I had tried to embed so many videos, that I didn't realize when I got the Jim Clyburn video (means-testing) to embed very nicely in a Tweet, that it was an embeddable video in the first place! LOL! Sorry about that. :X

I plan to post clips of "The Fix the Debt Campaign" kickoff when I finish posting this forum discussion. I checked, and the original video IS embeddable, so maybe my clips will embed. I hope so.

Submitted by lambert on

Let me know if there is anything I can do....

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Submitted by Alexa on

made it clear "how to view the video clip" to my Greenspan Commission post, maybe? (I'm not certain).

Since the original video of the Commission does not have an embed code, the only way to view it (after I embed my Tweet into the Comment section here), is to "click on" either of the "Reply, Retweet or Favorite" buttons on the Tweet.

So, let's say that we use the "Reply" button. After clicking on the button, the "Reply to a Tweet" box opens.

There you see "two hyperlinks" after the @

The first part of the two part link is: @cspanv and links to the C-Span Video Library--forget it.

It's the second portion of the hyperlink: that you click on--it goes to the 1:08 minute "video clip" that I made. It's entitled: "Watching Increasing The Full Social Security Age Lowers The Benefit At Any Age You Collect It."

So, to anyone who's tried to view this video, did it work? (It does for me.)

Unfortunately, I know of no way to embed this video clip, since the original source does not have an embed code. And the hyperlink is the best that I can do.

So, back to the original question: Is the short clip "viewable" to anyone other than me?

Feedback (by anyone who can view it) would be much appreciated. Thanks.

[I hope that the "Campaign to Fix the Debt" video clips will embed, since they come with embed code.]

Submitted by hipparchia on

also, you don't have to reply, retweet or favorite, you can just copy directly from the tweet here and paste it into the browser bar.

and yes, if you have videos with embed code, we can figure out a way to embed them here if you like.

if you want people to see videos inside the tweet, it looks like you first need to post the videos at one of these places, then place the link in your tweet.

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Submitted by Alexa on

want to "go to jail" over these video clips. ;)

It's wonderful that you've chosen to rescue a feral cat(s). [We've never been able to even get one to eat cat food.] So, instead we work through animal shelters to adopt "hard to place dogs," due to behavioral problems, illness, etc. It is very rewarding.

Thanks again.

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Submitted by Alexa on

some of them) could be embedded in a Tweet. I found that out with a video of James Clyburn (the Dem Whip, maybe? from South Carolina) on YouTube.

I don't have a YouTube account, but I'm wondering--if I did, would I be able to upload (or whatever the word is) my short video clips from the C-Span website to the YouTube website, and THEN have an embed code for the video clip? (Or am I totally off-base.)

Submitted by hipparchia on

i think that c-span wants to keep control of both original the videos and the clips that people make from those videos and so they're going to do all they can on the technical side to keep people from posting clips on youtube, etc. i didn't spend a lot of time researching this, but from perusing the c-span site, my guess is that this is their compromise between "publicly available" and "copyrighted."

it's technically possible to make versions of c-span videos that you can post on youtube, but it might or might or might not be legally defensible. if we had a properly functioning public goods version of c-span all these videos would be entirely in the public domain, but that's what creeping privatization will do - make it look like corporations are performing a valuable public service [which c-span is doing] but it's still not truly a public good...

otoh, if you do get a youtube account and post videos there, yes, that embed code will work here and in other blogs too. twitter has their own way of "embedding" video - you just put the youtube url of your video into the body of your tweet and then people reading the tweet can click on the "expand" option and play the video from there.

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Submitted by Alexa on

be an infringement of "copyright law," if I took my C-Span clips to YouTube, and then posted them on Tweets? I don't have an account, but I might consider opening one--depending on how much personal information that they require. (Sorry, I was a little unclear as to your opinion on that.)

I do want to make my posts "user friendly," but truthfully, I don't want to end up in "the slammer." LOL!

Submitted by lambert on

We have the ability to incorporate an HTML representation of a tweet just by dumping the tweet URL into the body of the post.

Have we experimented to see if pictures and or video come through when we do that? That would be a totally great workaround, getting twitter to do our work for us!