The Battle for Social Security: From FDR's Vision To Bush's Gamble

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 29, 2012 - Business & Economics - 362 pages
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This book illuminates the politics and policy of the currentstruggle over Social Security in light of the program's compellinghistory and ingenious structure. After a brief introductiondescribing the dramatic response of the Social SecurityAdministration to the 9/11 terrorist attack, the book recountsSocial Security‚??s lively history. Although President Bushhas tried to convince Americans that Social Security is designedfor the last century and unworkable for an aging population,readers will see that the President's assault is just anotherbattle in a longstanding ideological war. Prescott Bush, thecurrent President‚??s grandfather, remarked of FDR, "The onlyman I truly hated lies buried in Hyde Park." The book traces thecontinuous thread leading from Prescott Bush and his contemporariesto George W. Bush and others who want to undo Social Security. Thebook concludes with policy recommendations which eliminate SocialSecurity's deficit in a manner consistent with the program'sphilosophy and structure.
 

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Social Security is still the most relied-upon government program, and one hotly contested by many conservatives. Enacted in 1935 to deal with unemployment, disability, and poverty - especially among ... Read full review

Contents

From the Poorhouse to Free Parking
Social Securitys Grandfather
Essential Insurance Poor Welfare
Bold Woman Cautious
A TeenyWeeny Bit of Socialism
Dirty Tricks
Ready Set Start Again
Dr WintheWar Replaces Old Dr New Deal
All American Program Minus a Tiny Splinter Group
Visible Gains Subterranean Tremors
The Sky is Falling and Social Security is Bust
Aging Gracefully
A Leninist Strategy
The Drumbeat Finds a Drummer
The Ideal PainFree for Almost Everyone
Acknowledgments

Third Times the Charm

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NANCY J. ALTMAN is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pension Rights Center. From 1977 to 1981, she was advisor to Senator John C. Danforth (R-Mo.) on Social Security issues. In 1982, she was assistant to Alan Greenspan when he chaired the bipartisan commission that produced the 1983 Social Security amendments. From 1983 to 1989, Altman was on the faculty of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and taught courses on Social Security and private pensions at the Harvard Law School.

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