30 years ago in reason

“As more and more citizens were able and encouraged and helped to vote, what they found when they entered the polling booth was pretty much the same choice between tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee. For the revolution in who can vote was not followed by a revolution in who can be a candidate.” 

—Robert Bakhaus, “The Turkey Ballot” 

“Two of our greatest fears, taxes and old age, seem particularly pressing these days. The time to ‘render unto Caesar’ is upon us. At the same time, Americans face growing uncertainties about the solvency of the Social Security system, our supposed succor in retirement.” 

—Steven K. Beckner, “IRA Alert”

“Social Security is a pyramid club, and like any pyramid club or Ponzi scheme, it must sooner or later come to a halt when it runs out of suckers.” 

—Robert Poole Jr., “Shore Up or Ship Out?”

—February 1983

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