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Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable. Simone de Beauvoir
The U. S, Social Security Act not only takes the Afro-American for a ride, but aids immediately in perpetuating his inferior status, What we see here, as in most other 'liberal' legislation, in a further stratifying of the Negro at the bottom of the ladder of life. . George Samuel Schuyler
Could we do without the social safety net, without Social Security, without Medicare, without farm subsidies, without unemployment compensation, without school lunch programs, without housing assistance? Of course we could. But we would not be a civilized society and we would not be an American nation any of us would be proud of. Gary Hart
Western–style redistributive programs-progressive taxation, social security, unemployment insurance-should be encouraged, but at least in the short run, they have limited potential. There simply is not enough to tax, and nearly no one can be trusted to transfer revenues. Amy L. Chua
The physical lot of … workers had notably improved, with unemployment insurance, social security, and the new health services, while their children's school education was assured by the government-operated schools: in addition, they had, for intellectual or emotional stimulus and diversion, the radio and the television. But the work itself was no longer as various, as interesting, or as sustaining to the personality... Lewis Mumford
Devolutionary reform will not provide a factory, a machine or jobs, build a school, train a doctor or put a pound on pensions. Neil Kinnock
Give the working-man the right to work as long as he is healthy; assure him care when he is sick; assure him maintenance when he is old. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
As chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers during the 1990s, I had to make projections about where the economy was going to be one, two, or three years ahead; frankly, I often found myself facing a cloudy crystal ball. Forecasting a few years out is hard enough; forecasting seventy-five years out is essentially impossible. Slight changes in life expectancy, immigration, wage growth, and interest rates could have large effects on the solvency of the (Social Security System.) Joseph Stiglitz
I think it’s a nutty idea to fool around with the Social Security system and run the risk of hurting the people who have been saving all their lives…. It may be a new idea but it is a dumb one. George W. Bush
Journalists have to be optimists. When you interview somebody on Social Security reform, you have got to believe that Social Security can be reformed. Jim Lehrer
Ascertain from employers whether the laborer is not regarded the same as a machine, thrown out as soon as all the work possible has been squeezed out of him. Samuel Gompers
We are going to stand and fight to kill the privatizing approach [to Social Security.] Earl Pomeroy
People can better buy protection privately than the Social Security law provides for them. Barry Goldwater
Old age security is welfare for the aged. Paul Forseth
I would insist that every person in the community in receipt of any income whatsoever must make some contribution to the fund for social security. I want it to be an act of conscious citizenship. I want every child to be taught that when he begins to earn, then, for the first time, he will have the first privilege and right of citizenship—to begin to contribute to the great scheme that has been designed to serve him when he is no longer able to work and to help all of those who at any period of their lives may meet with distress or trouble. In such a scheme, I believe, there should be pensions for all; there should be no means test; those who have should contribute according to their means. But every one, however little he or she earns, should contribute something, be it only a three-penny stamp, as a sort of token payment for the advantage of Australian citizenship. Enid Muriel Lyons
In the matter of social security one thing stands out clearly in my mind. Such things are necessary in order that the weak shall not go to the wall, that the strong may be supported, that all may have justice. But we must never so blanket ourselves that those fine national qualities of which I have spoken shall no longer have play. I know so well that fear, want and idleness can kill the spirit of any people. But I know, too, that security can be bought at too great a cost—the cost of spiritual freedom. How, then, may we strike a balance? That, it seems to me, is the big question for us to decide today Enid Muriel Lyons
The Republicans want to turn Social Security into a “no frills” program. The only problem is that the Republican idea of a frill is eating food. Claude Pepper
“Privatization” is a buzzword for destroying Social Security. Harry Reid
The only winner in Privatization is Wall Street. Charles B. Rangel
It is just not wise to privatize… Anonymous
When we defeat his plan, Bush will be relegated to the sidelines as a lame duck president…. We are going to make sure that this land becomes our land again. Gerald McEntee
Those who are not in the Social Security System should not be compelled to join it. George Allen
While the feds … leave Social Security off their books, the government's obligation to make benefit payments to current and near-term Social Security recipients is certainly no less real than its obligation to pay interest on its Treasury bonds. Laurence K. Kotlikoff
The effective [labor] force of the nation is not represented by the total number of the people, but by the number in the effective or producing age, and this is again qualified by the burden of supporting the dependent classes. Edward Jarvis
The work of the youth is a blanket for the old. Albanian Proverb
Social Security is the third rail of American politics. Touch it and you die. Anonymous
A new era of production has begun. It's principles of organization are as different from those of the industrial era as those of the industrial era were different from the agricultural. The cybernation revolution has been brought about by the combination of the computer and the self-regulating machine. This results in a system of almost unlimited capacity which requires progressively less human labor. Cybernation is already reorganizing the economic and social system to meet its own needs .... As machines take over production from men, they absorb an increasing proportion of resources while men who are displaced become dependent on minimal and unrelated [to their work] governmental measures—unemployment insurance, social security, welfare payments. Ad Hoc Committee for the Triple Revolution
Free board, dwelling, support and care in his old age, sickness and infirmity ….an annual sum of maintenance for him or herself, children and relatives. Amana Commune
We're creating an attitude that disaster relief is an entitlement program like Medicare of Social Security .... William C. Bailey
Social Security is a problem solving program, not a problem creating one .... Social Security is our best anti-poverty program. Robert Ball
Taxing Social Security like other pensions would show that it is an earned right and help hold off proposals to cut benefits. Robert Ball
When the social security age was first established as 65, most people didn't live to be that old. Michael Barone
If you leave the Republicans alone in a dark room, you know that there are going to rob the Social Security Trust Fund. Paul Begala
the right to employment … the right to social security, to health care and to social, medical and legal aid … the right to have decent accommodation … the right to enjoy the protection of a healthy environment … the right to enjoy cultural and social fulfillment … Belgium
... the Social Security trust fund is not spare money; it is spoken for. Alan S. Blinder
Welfare for the wealthy simply can no longer be afforded. Michael Boskin
For those of you who believe in the Social Security Trust Fund, you can’t trust it; there is no fund, and no one is secure …. A Ponzi scheme. Harry Browne
Somehow our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them. Pearl S. Buck
Ours is an individualistic society, indeed, and the state must do for the individual what the family does for the older civilizations. Pearl S. Buck
The Townsend Plan is an attempt to mint the moonlight into silver and coin the sunshine into gold. Winston Churchill
What should we do with this projected surplus? I have a simple four-word answer: Save Social Security first. Bill Clinton
I'm against means-testing. I think when people pay into it, it's a trust, they ought to get it back. And I believe the benefits should keep up with inflation. Bill Clinton
Be it enacted by the authority of this present of this … parliament, that the churchwardens of every parish raise weekly or otherwise, by taxation … competent sums of money for and towards the necessary relief of the lame, impotent, old, blind, and such other among them being poor and not able to work. England
Social Security is the widest accepted contract in our society. Newt Gingrich
Social Security is unequivocally the one contract the country is overwhelmingly in favor of. Newt Gingrich
I would like to suggest one change, that Social Security be made voluntary, that if a person can provide better for himself, let him do it. Barry Goldwater
It is not in accordance with the genius of our Government or our country to pay pensions. Norvin Green
Social Security is on the books. We’ll pay for it as long as we have money or can borrow it. William Frenzel
When the greatest part of the [U.S.] budget pays for our defense and the livelihood of retirees, it is pointless to pretend that public spending is an embarrassment consisting only of welfare and waste. Benjamin H. Friedman
To bear many children is considered not only a religious blessing but also an investment. The greater their number, some Indians reason, the more alms they can beg. Indira Gandhi
Denmark must not be the social security office for the rest of the world. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Treaties or international covenants which provide human rights to food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, or old age would transform the United States into a completely socialistic state. Frank Holman
To be free, men must choose their own callings, bargain for their own services and provide for their families and old age. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
Congress never had a mandate except to make sure the people who have Social Security checks coming get them. David Hoppe
Social Security is stealing—from those who earned the money to others who didn’t. Jacob Hornberger
What is the alternative to Social Security for those at the lower end of the income distribution whose personal savings by definition are not going to be that high? There really isn’t any. Thomas W. Jones
The Social Security System is the one great social policy achievement of the twentieth century. Daniel P. Moynihan
Thou shalt not purloin pension funds. Daniel P. Moynihan
All the Social Security Trust Fund Money Is Gone! George Murphy
Employees did not only have their money in their 401k’s. They had their lives in those 401k’s ... today most people have most of their money in public stocks ... and the government regulates very little of this. La Falce
Old age pensions and insurance against sickness, accident and unemployment are cheaper, are better business than jails, poor houses, asylums, hospitals. Robert Rives La Monte
The myth is that people get their money back from Social Security. Not true. You get somebody else's money back. This is an intergenerational transfer. Richard Lamm
Social Security is a cruel hoax … unjust, unworkable … and wastefully financed. Alf Landon
Without economic security, liberty is not worth having. Harold J. Laski
In modern democracies, any large group that is not self-sufficient is a source of political controversy. Richard C. Leone
It is rather a shame for a rich country like ours ... that it should allow those who have toiled all their days to end in penury and possible starvation. David Lloyd George
The payment of Social Security benefits under law have little or nothing to do with the fiscal resources available. Alan Greenspan
Unless we get entitlement costs under control, Social Security will inevitably square off against national security. Robert Hormats
The Social Security Trust Fund should not be trusted and it is not funded. Peter G. Peterson
To deal with entitlements we must either raise taxes, cut benefits, or borrow inordinate amounts of money. Peter G. Peterson
Should any party try and eliminate social security, … and labor laws, you would not hear from that party much again. Dwight D. Eisenhower
God deliver us from the professional economists. Francis E. Townsend
$30 Every Thursday Francis E. Townsend
We cannot deal with the debt. The Democrats are not going to allow reductions in entitlements like Social Security. The Republicans will not allow one dime of additional taxes. We have a deadlock of democracy. Pat Buchanan
A law providing for the payment of a pension of $50 per month to every needy person over sixty years of age who has lived in the State of California three years prior to the date of the coming into effect of the law. Upton Sinclair
Don’t tell me that it is tough. It is at least as tough as you think it is. But what is the alternative? It is to do nothing? Peter G. Peterson
There is no prospect that today's younger workers will receive all the Social Security and Medicare benefits currently promised them. Dorcas Hardy
When you pay social security taxes, you are in no way making provision for your own retirement. You are paying the pensions of those who are already retired. Once you understand this, you see that whether you will get the benefits you are counting on when you retire depends on whether Congress will levy enough taxes, borrow enough, or print enough money... W. Allen Wallis
Americans oppose public intervention or regulation if it helps others, but favor it if it helps them — take social security, disaster relief, public works projects, for example. Jonathan Ellis Meacham
Congress lacks Constitutional authority to offer pensions. Frank L. Peckham
It’s all in there. We have harpooned every whale in the ocean. Alan K. Simpson
My sister women, those struggling with social problems, and those who slave all their lives long for a community – shop, factory and domestic slaves, earning barely a subsistence, and thrown aside to death or the parish when they are no longer profitable – mothers, bearing and rearing children, seeing them go forth… and spending their own last years, lonely and unconsidered in the cheerless wards of the workhouse. Charlotte Despard
A welfare state, properly conceived, can be an integral part of a conservative society. Irving Kristol
One thing I hate about the New Deal is that it is killing what, to me, is the American pioneering spirit. I simply do not know what to tell my own boys, leaving school and confronting this new world whose ideal is Security and whose practice is dependence upon government instead of upon one’s self. Rose Wilder Lane
The one with the primary responsibility to the individual's future is that individual. Dorcas Hardy
Republicans? Let me tell you about Republicans. They voted against Medicare. They voted against better old age pensions. Republicans! How can you possibly vote for people who vote against their own mothers? On November fifth, vote for Hubert Humphrey. He’ll take care of your mother. Tony Schwartz
I do not believe that older Americans should be forced to live out their lives in poverty, their tiny savings destroyed by illness. Dependent upon their relatives. Feeling unwanted by their country. Lyndon B. Johnson
I stand for expanded Social Security and more real benefits. Believe me, sir, if I’m president, I’ll give you older folks action not just sympathy. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. Rick Perry
In advanced age, and in cases of disability from accident, natural infirmity or any other cause, the individual shall be supported by the colony, and receive every comfort which kindness can administer Robert Owen
In recent years, hours of work have been reduced, holidays have been increased, the age of entry into employment has gone up, and above all, our general health and expectation of life as a people have markedly improved. It is a natural corollary of these changes that we should work longer and retire later. Hugh Gaitskell
It is an interesting situation here because the conservative and progressive party are both conservative! They would ordinarily represent the people who would want to return, perhaps not to the militarism of prewar days but to many of the economic and social customs of pre-war days but, under the influence of our early occupation period, they passed a number of rather liberal social security laws and gave rights to trade unions, etc. At present they are trying to rescind the right to strike. I don't think anything has really crystallized in this country as yet. One sees much shifting back and forth and there are possibilities for much more. Eleanor Roosevelt
The Republicans opposed Social Security in 1933 when President Roosevelt first put it in. They didn’t want it then and they do not want it now. I would not want anyone’s grandmother to be reading the Wall Street stock market pages to figure out how she might earn more than the staff of the Social Security Administration. John Conyers
Social Security works better than any other program in the world. Why dismantle it now? Marie Smith
Republicans do not have good ideas. Borrowing two trillion dollars from your grandchildren to finance a Social Security scheme that looks like Enron is not a good idea. Howard Dean
We must remember that the real problem is not how to produce some improvement in the condition of the working man— for that has to a certain extent been attained already— but how to secure his complete material independence. Arnold J. Toynbee
Not surprisingly, the insurance lobby recoils in horror at the prospect of automatic coverage (including, when it was first proposed, Social Security), no matter how efficient it may be. Automatic coverage eliminates sales commissions and profit. Andrew Tobias
There is no use in repeating that threadbare capitalist boast that we have more things than ever before and that workers are better off than were ancient kings. The point is that no age has ever so tragically failed to use the machinery it had for ease and security of living. Things may have increased but so has insecurity. The peasant and artisan of old was assured work and an honorable place in his family and community while he lived. He knew nothing of the dead line at forty or forty-five which gives new terror to old age. He knew almost nothing of unemployment as a social disease which in so-called normal times affects some ten per cent of the workers and is today the lot of twenty-five to thirty-three per cent of them. Norman Thomas
Aside from the wisdom of going to war as Bush wants, I am troubled by who pays for his capricious adventure into world domination. The administration admits to a cost of around $200 billion! Now, wealthy individuals won't pay. They've got big tax cuts already. Corporations won't pay. They'll cook the books and move overseas and then send their contributions to the Republicans. Rich kids won't pay. Their daddies will get them deferments as Big George did for George W. Well then, who will pay? School kids will pay. There'll be no money to keep them from being left behind -- way behind. Seniors will pay. They'll pay big time as the Republicans privatize Social Security and rob the Trust Fund to pay for the capricious war. Medicare will be curtailed and drugs will be more unaffordable. And there won't be any money for a drug benefit because Bush will spend it all on the war. Working folks will pay through loss of job security and bargaining rights. Our grandchildren will pay through the degradation of our air and water quality. And the entire nation will pay as Bush continues to destroy civil rights, women's rights and religious freedom in a rush to phony patriotism and to courting the messianic Pharisees of the religious right. Pete Stark
It is extremely difficult to rescind entitlements to which people think they are legally entitled. Taxes can easily go up and down. There isn’t the same political pressure. Alan Greenspan
That’s the function of government—to do for people what they cannot do for themselves. James P. Molinaro
More and more people in our party understand that we’ve got to have a defense of what government does well, from never missing a check in Social Security to the very reliable Medicare, to the air we breathe and the water we drink, and helping kids to College with Pell Grants. We should not be backing off. Sherrod Brown
I believe in a safety net. I believe one of the responsibilities of the Federal Government is a safety net. Dean Heller
We want the benefits of government services ranging from security in our old age to the best national defense possible, but we scream when the bill for these services comes due in the form of higher taxes. Rich Turner
We encounter the dilemma of freedom versus authority in all sorts of places but probably nowhere more frequently than in the area of Big Brother's ongoing efforts to protect us from ourselves – efforts that many people view as an invasion of their privacy or as infringement upon their God-given right to be stupid (though they don't usually put it that way). Rich Turner
Entitlement programs are on autopilot. I’m alarmed. We’re close to the danger zone. Glenn Hubbard
Social Security and Medicare are among the best things about America. Lawrence Summers
These are not small reforms; these are big reforms. If passed, this will be the most important piece of social legislation since the Social Security Act passed in the 1930s and the most important reform of our health care system since Medicare passed in the 1960s. Barack Obama
Progressivism has time and again added the corrective that has enabled capitalism to survive. Robert Reich
Social Security is a Ponzi scheme and the biggest threat to our democracy. Steve Lonegan
When people complain to me as they frequently do that laws such as the social Security Act are faulty in certain points, I wonder why they expect them to be anything else for in the case of legislation dealing with entirely new objectives the methods chosen are quite probable to prove faulty when actually in operation. It is one of the cases where one must learn as one goes along and use the experience one acquires to constantly improve on what must be begun purely on theory. Eleanor Roosevelt
Only 44 percent of Social Security beneficiaries perceive themselves to have benefitted from a government social program. Suzanne Mettler
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for half the Federal spending. Mitt Romney
Social Security has proved far more solvent and sound than anything Wall Street has produced. Dean Baker
Imagine where we would be if Congress had accepted George W. Bush’s privatization plan. The part of Social Security siphoned off to private accounts would have suffered the market’s losses, and recipients would have been forced to live off of basic benefits substantially lower than Social Security presently is. James K. Galbraith
Today’s young workers will have to finance Social Security and Medicare for a rapidly growing cohort of older Americans. Through higher premiums for employer-provided health insurance, they will subsidize care for others. Through higher taxes and fees, they will pay to repair aging infrastructure… and to support public services from schools to police. Robert Jacob Samuelson
A major goal of good government is that the people with gray hair should not be seen carrying burdens on the street. Mencius
The great network of social insurance programs established by President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, President Harry Truman’s Fair Deal, President John F. Kennedy’s Great Society, and President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and defended by President Bill Clinton, sharply limits the amount of poverty a downturn [in the economy] can cause. J. Bradford DeLong
… minimum wages must be high enough to enable all citizens to purchase privately the necessary pension and insurance plans which would protect the them against illness, disablement, temporary unemployment and old age. Richard Morris Titmuss
Under the guise of fighting inflation, COLA actually creates it. Lee Iacocca
… a sieve with holes just big enough for the majority of Negroes to fall through NAACP
To avoid large and unsustainable budget deficits, the nation will ultimately have to choose among higher taxes, modifications to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, less spending on everything else from education to defense, or some combination of the above. Ben Bernanke
The American does not want to listen to socialism because he thinks he already has it. Leon Samson
Sons represent security, insurance, a 401(k), a bank. Jenny Nordberg
We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Libertarian Party
We've got to get everything we want—a works program, social security, wages and hours, everything—now or never. Harry Hopkins
Ask the shareholders of Enron how they would feel about privatizing Social Security. Terry McAuliffe
… what these people feel an enormous urge to do is not just to collect more money for themselves, but they feel impelled to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the programs that working people and the poor survive on…. These people are addicted to greed and money and it is a sickness that is destroying the economy of America. Bernie Sanders
May you sell everything and retire to Florida just as global warming makes it uninhabitable. May you live to a hundred and twenty without Social Security or Medicare. May your insurance company decide constipation is a pre-existing condition. Yiddish Proverbs & Curses