The 2016 presidential race has been filled with excitement and drama. But there’s another layer to American politics that gets less attention: how issues of home, family and wallet intersect with electoral politics and public policy.
In this podcast series, we’re tackling some of the issues that matter most to Americans’ daily lives and how everyone from the presidential candidates to local governments are taking on these topics.
Kitchen Table Politics comes in five parts, with each episode tied to a different stage in life from birth through retirement, which is our topic this time. (The series, hosted by yours truly, can be found within the FiveThirtyEight Elections podcast feed. If you already subscribe, you’ll get all the episodes.) We look into the changing ways that Americans old and young are saving for retirement; how to measure whether people have saved enough; and the shift away from saving through pension plans to defined contribution plans including 401(k)s. Plus of course we’ll look into what the 2016 presidential candidates have proposed when it comes to funding the future of Social Security.
Joining me this week are Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; and Christian Weller, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and author of the book “Retirement on the Rocks — Why Americans Can’t Get Ahead and How New Savings Policies Can Help.”
The Great American Retirement has been part of the classic American Dream. It’s a time when people who’ve worked hard their whole lives are supposed to have the time and money to enjoy hobbies, family … maybe even travel. Of course, the idea of retirement is relatively recent. Through the 1800s, many people simply worked until they became feeble or died. In 1935, the federal government passed the Social …