Nation: The Social Security Argument

A disembodied pair of hands rips a social security card in half as a television voice confides: "On at least seven occasions, Senator Barry Goldwater said that he would change the present social security system. But even his running mate, William Miller, admits that Senator Goldwater's voluntary plan would destroy the social security system. President Johnson is working to strengthen social security."

That Democratic TV commercial is evidence of the fact that the U.S.'s social security system, so long accepted by so many, has become a red-hot issue in a presidential campaign for the...

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