Great piece about SS and the beginnings of social programs in the USA. What we see these days are the neo-liberal ideals of gutted social programs or a privatized system with extraction of profit the prime motive. Lies are told in Congress about “entitlements” and lack of continuing funding. They are the ones causing an insolvency of a perpetual program due to greed of the wealthy. Essentially lying to scare folks into submission. There is no reason to allow these thieves to continue the attack on our ‘security’ in old age. I rely on SS to exist. The few funds I managed to save were sucked up by the lack of a decent healthcare system leaving me with no savings whatsoever. (I was diagnosed with lung cancer in '07 and had a $200K hospital bill. Poof! All my savings were gone. The state paid the rest.) The whole kit and caboodle of this debacle of a lack of a decent healthcare system is a failure of the first degree of a govt that has been taken over by corporations and the oligarchy that owns most of the wealth. We need elected leaders that will help in these matters If not an insurrection is not out of the question.