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  •  Social Security was meant to be partial (3+ / 0-)
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    wage insurance.

    That's it.  That's what it is.

    At the time it was passed, that meant independent living for most middle class people, although certainly with few luxuries.

    Nobody sat down and said "Well, this isn't meant to be enough for anyone to live on".  That simply wasn't part of the plan, and those who claim it was are rewriting history.

    "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

    by JesseCW on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:05:33 PM PST

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    •  But Jesse... there was a second part of the (3+ / 0-)

      new deal that did not get done because FDR died and we haven't had an FDR since.
      Remeber his speech about people having health insurance, and fair wages, a home to live in and the list went on in addition to social security.   Maybe people were not expected to live on it ..but FDR's plan was for people to live in spite of bad times without depending on social security entirely.

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      by Vetwife on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 04:22:53 PM PST

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      •  I agree. But here's the thing - people were (1+ / 0-)
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        expected to live on it.

        At least the middle class were expected to live on it, albiet at a reduced standard.

          Poorer people were expected to have a check to offer so they wouldn't be a burden on whatever family members they moved in with, but a contributor.

        "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

        by JesseCW on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 04:37:04 PM PST

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        •  Speaking as a home for 7... intended for 3 (2+ / 0-)
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          that would indeed be nice to get  a little relief...Thanks JesseCW.  It would be nice if that was how it was.
          I think we got screwed without that second part and the cowboys riding into the whitehouse with their dreams of austerity and trickledown.....

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          by Vetwife on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 06:26:27 PM PST

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