posted on Mar, 27 2016 @ 08:54 AM
The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt on August 14, 1935.
The Great Depression started with the stock market crash in 1929 and people's savings were wiped out. By 1933, around 14 million people were
unemployed and about half the banks were dead, along with the people's savings accounts. It took World War 2 to get our economy kickstarted again.
And well, you really can't expect expect the unemployed son's to go to war AND remain home to watch over granny and grandpa, can you? My father was
raised during the depression, fought in World War Two. He was raised by a single mother, who also cared for her mother in their home. After my
grandmother's death, we found that she had a rather odd habit (or maybe her mother did, probably both really. They all quilted, and sold the quilts
them made (even my father worked sewing quilts as a child), so there was an awful lot of pieces of fabric on the old house. In the sewing room, in
the upstairs bedrooms, and in the attic. They were all carefully rolled and tied and placed old trunks, dresser drawers, whatever. And, well, after
my grandmothers death, it was discovered that some of these old rolled up pieces of cloth has money, gemstones, old coins, whatever hidden within
them, but mostly money! I kind of think that many who went through the depression never did actually fully trust the banks, or the stock maarket, or
much of anything else after that.
If you compare the fact of the pre-depression economy with that of the pre-housing bust they are really quite similar, especially the
over-speculation. And well the results of those two crashes have been pretty similar. And, I would guess that it will probably take another war to
the scale of WWII to get the world out of it's economy downward spiral. Believe me when I tell you, I have three sons, and together combining their
resources they are in no position to take care of an elderly parent!
You can blame social security for all the country's ills but I have to tell you, we lived over a 100 miles from my grandmother, and she had a great
influence on my life. She was the well of family history, Her whole home was a monument to the past. How many one this thread can actually say that
they held and read the actual news page announcing the assassination of lincoln? I found he story on the other side of that page just as interesting
even if it consisted of two paragraphs, never was taught in school that they would public whip interracial couples consisting of a white and a native
Now that I am older, with children of my own, I wish that I could have saved that old house, with all it's contents for my children and grandchildren.
But I am pretty sure that even if I could have come up with the funds then to do the work needed to fix the place up, all those periodic economic
downturns that have occurred since then would have defeated the purpose anyways.
And, well you can't have it both ways, can you? you can't have the kids and grandkids staying close to grandma, and tell the to follow the jobs
wherever they might take them. Those economic downturns have probably played a more central role to the demise of the influence of the extended
family than social security has.
And, by the way, my grandmother and her mother supported themselves, there was no daddy heading to work everyday bringing home the bacon.. they did!
my mother also worked for most of my childhood, so didn't my dad, they had to to make ends meet. If you browse through the company photos of long
ago, you will find that there were many women working outside of the home, because they had to! It was only the upper middle class and the rich who
could really afford to have mom home and live comfortably. My sister took care of her mother-in-law after she came down with Alzheimer's for years,
she says if she had it to do over again, she wouldn't. My brother is now taking care of our aunt with the same problem, he doesn't sound too happy
either. Of course, he's also got a few of his adult kids, along with their kids living with him also, the result of a dying economy...
but continue on if you like griping about social security. I am sure you kids will just love getting stuck with the bill in your last days, and all
those non-profits and such that take advantage of the seniors who just love to volunteer won't mind having to hire someone to replace them when they
can no longer donate that little bit of time because they are having to work multiple low wage jobs just to keep a roof over their head and food on
the table because you kids are barely making it yourselves or are just too tied up living your own lives to worry about them.