SOCIAL SECURITY: Nothing's Too Good for Grandpa

Ever since the depression, noisy prophets had been springing up along the Pacific Coast to lead the aged in holy wars on the nearest state treasury. They were an odd lot—power-hungry Communists, vote-hungry politicos, sharp-eyed promoters and croupy and lugubrious old bucks with top-heavy cargoes of park-bench economics. They herded the "senior citizens" into irascible pressure groups, made pensions a permanent political issue, and damned those who opposed them as monsters who would starve their own grandmothers.

The average citizen in California, Oregon and Washington voted for pensions with something of the attitude of a nightclub sot listening to Mother...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!