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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #62)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:05 AM

63. From FDR's signing statement...

We can never insure one hundred percent of the population against one hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.


The intent was not to provide payments to all persons, but rather to those who were at risk of povery in the old age. Furthermore, I'm not one of those "original intent" types who think we should slavishly follow the dictates of some long-dead politician or Supreme Court Justice. Does it make sense -- here and now -- for Social Security to make payments to people who clearly do not require financial assistance from the government? For the same reason that we shouldn't be giving tax breaks to corporations, does it make sense to make financial payments to a retired CEO?

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