The National Government and Social Welfare: What Should Be the Federal Role?

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any at all on their parents. If these elderly parents should urgently need financial help, it will be bad news for their middle-aged children and their grandchildren.

The Social Security Board of Trustees looks seventy-five years ahead in planning financing. If we look even ten years ahead in the context of the current condition of our society, it should be evident that we urgently need such principles and changes, small and large, as have been indicated here.


NOTES
1.
Beveridge Sir William, Social Insurance and Allied Services, Macmillan Company, 1942.
2.
Dalmer D. Hoskins, "Developments and Trends in Social Security, 1990- 1992," Social Security Bulletin 55, no. 4 (winter 1992): 38, 39.
3.
Howard Glennerster, Paying for Welfare: Issues for the Nineties, STICERD discussion paper, no. WSP/82, London School of Economics, December 1992.
4.
These proposals are drawn from a letter from Robert M. Ball dated 10 January 1995.
5.
These arguments are drawn from a letter circulated and signed by a number of social security experts, beginning with Henry J. Aaron, Robert M. Ball, Robert J. Meyers, and C. Eugene Steuerle, dated 24 May 1994. See also Alvin L. Schorr, Common Decency: Domestic Policies after Reagan, Yale University Press, 1986, pp. 28-34.
6.
STICERD discussion paper, no. WSP/115, London School of Economics, October 1995.
7.
Glennerster, Paying for Welfare p. 14.
8.
Martha N. Ozawa, "Social Insurance and Redistribution," in Alvin L. Schorr , ed., Jubilee for Our Times, Columbia University Press, 1977, pp. 162-67. See also Robert M. Ball, Social Security--Today and Tomorrow, Columbia University Press, 1978, in which the author writes about a "double-decker" system.
9.
For a detailed description and analysis of a children's refundable tax credit, see Schorr, Common Decency, pp. 87-95 and 109-13.
10.
Quoted in "Older Americans Cited in Studies of National Savings Rate Slump," New York Times, 21 February 1995.
11.
Quoted in "Why Baby Boomers Won't Be Able to Retire," Fortune, 4 September 1995.

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