The Psychology of Entitlements
Let's call Social Security what it is — a welfare program.
2:28 PM, Apr 9, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Robert Samuelson has a strong column today on how one of the biggest obstacles to Social Security reform might be psychological. Though FDR's original vision for the program was a "contributory pension plan" and most Americans are still under the the impression that this is what it is, the reality is that it's structured much more like a welfare program:
Given that U.S. demographics are threatening the viability of the Social Security, inevitably the program is going to have to change. So what leader is willing to lean into the strike zone and expend their precious political capital explaining to Americans that, actually, they haven't quite "earned" their Social Security so they can better understand why the program needs to be reformed?