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Social Security : False Consciousness and Crisis

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One of today's most important national concerns is the projected bankruptcy of Social Security some time in the next few decades and its consequent inability to pay full benefits on time. Yet despite two decades of warnings about this, nothing is being done. The saying that Social Security is the third rail of American politics - touch it and you die - still holds true. In Social Security: False Consciousness and Crisis, John Attarian argues that the major cause of the current impasse is the misleading manner in which the program has been depicted to the public and the beliefs about Social Security which prevail as a result.show more

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  • Hardback | 411 pages
  • 153.4 x 248.4 x 27.7mm | 689.47g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0765801272
  • 9780765801272

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-Well written and drawing on lots of research. Attarian is especially thorough in reporting how the program was misleadingly presented to the public, and on the discrepancies between the perceptions and the realities of Social Security.---A. Haeworth Robertson, founder and president, the Retirement Policy Institute -It's a first rate piece of work.---Peter G. Peterson, chairman, The Blackstone Group - At last, John Attarian tells the full story. In comprehensive detail he shows, blow by blow, how Social Security's key leaders and advocates were compelled to describe the program in one way to the public and in an entirely different way to legislators and judges. America's understanding of Social Security remains confused today, even as discussion of far-reaching reforms are underway which makes this book timely indeed.---Neil Howe, LifeCourse Associates -A work of seminal importance for today's national debate on the subject, Social Security is a very strongly recommended for all students of political science, fiscal politics, and economic trends as they have effected the Social Security program in the past and the present, as well as projected impacts concerning the future of Social Security's availability to American citizens in the future--Midwest Book Review "Well written and drawing on lots of research. Attarian is especially thorough in reporting how the program was misleadingly presented to the public, and on the discrepancies between the perceptions and the realities of Social Security."--A. Haeworth Robertson, founder and president, the Retirement Policy Institute "It's a first rate piece of work."--Peter G. Peterson, chairman, The Blackstone Group " At last, John Attarian tells the full story. In comprehensive detail he shows, blow by blow, how Social Security's key leaders and advocates were compelled to describe the program in one way to the public and in an entirely different way to legislators and judges. America's understanding of Social Security remains confused today, even as discussion of far-reaching reforms are underway which makes this book timely indeed."--Neil Howe, LifeCourse Associates "A work of seminal importance for today's national debate on the subject, Social Security is a very strongly recommended for all students of political science, fiscal politics, and economic trends as they have effected the Social Security program in the past and the present, as well as projected impacts concerning the future of Social Security's availability to American citizens in the future"-Midwest Book Review "Well written and drawing on lots of research. Attarian is especially thorough in reporting how the program was misleadingly presented to the public, and on the discrepancies between the perceptions and the realities of Social Security."--A. Haeworth Robertson, founder and president, the Retirement Policy Institute "It's a first rate piece of work."--Peter G. Peterson, chairman, The Blackstone Group " At last, John Attarian tells the full story. In comprehensive detail he shows, blow by blow, how Social Security's key leaders and advocates were compelled to describe the program in one way to the public and in an entirely different way to legislators and judges. America's understanding of Social Security remains confused today, even as discussion of far-reaching reforms are underway which makes this book timely indeed."--Neil Howe, LifeCourse Associates "A work of seminal importance for today's national debate on the subject, Social Security is a very strongly recommended for all students of political science, fiscal politics, and economic trends as they have effected the Social Security program in the past and the present, as well as projected impacts concerning the future of Social Security's availability to American citizens in the future"-Midwest Book Review "Well written and drawing on lots of research. Attarian is especially thorough in reporting how the program was misleadingly presented to the public, and on the discrepancies between the perceptions and the realities of Social Security.""--A. Haeworth Robertson, founder and president, the Retirement Policy Institute" "It's a first rate piece of work.""--Peter G. Peterson, chairman, The Blackstone Group" "At last, John Attarian tells the full story. In comprehensive detail he shows, blow by blow, how Social Security's key leaders and advocates were compelled to describe the program in one way to the public and in an entirely different way to legislators and judges. America's understanding of Social Security remains confused today, even as discussion of far-reaching reforms are underway which makes this book timely indeed.""--Neil Howe, LifeCourse Associates" "A work of seminal importance for today's national debate on the subject, "Social Security" is a very strongly recommended for all students of political science, fiscal politics, and economic trends as they have effected the Social Security program in the past and the present, as well as projected impacts concerning the future of Social Security's availability to American citizens in the future""-Midwest Book Review"show more

About John Attarian

John Attarian is adjunct scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, MI. He is the author of Economism and the National Prospect.show more

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