At Airport Security, a Bag Starts to Smoke. A TSA Agent Reacts Quickly (and Then Runs)

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.  The only time going through airport security is enjoyable is when you have TSA-Pre and there’s no line. Many debate how effective airport security is. Some wonder how much attention TSA employees actually pay.  It’s hard, indeed,…

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The Social Security Trick Most People Could Use to Boost Their Benefits After Claiming Them

The importance of Social Security is arguably unparalleled among all social programs. Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows that more than 3 out of 5 aged beneficiaries are reliant on their monthly checks to account for at least half of their monthly income, with 34% leaning on Social Security for virtually all (90% to…

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Social Security Ran a $44 Billion Surplus in 2017 — So, Why Is the Program in Trouble?

The Social Security Trustees recently released their annual report about the current state of Social Security, as well as short- and long-term projections for the program. And the report starts off with some good news: Social Security ran a surplus of more than $44 billion in 2017.  Unfortunately, there isn’t much to smile about beyond…

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