Social Security Under the Union Label?
Labor's Welfare Drive and the Fair Deal
One of the most reassuring aspects of our democracy is the frequency with which constructive results emerge from the most extraordinarily muddled situations. That is what is happening in social security at a time when many experts in the field were beginning to despair that the country would ever put its social insurance programs on any kind of rational basis.
A sound system of social security is fundamental to the success of the Fair Deal “welfare state.” If governmental programs for the aged, the unemployed, and the sick are inadequate, the same urges that prompt popular support for the mildly socialistic measures of Roosevelt and Truman turn to more radical modes of expression. If the combined weight of governmental and private programs becomes too great for the economy to sustain, there is a similar tendency on the part of many people to put their trust in totalitarian solutions.
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