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Social Security: The Inherent Contradiction (Studies in public policy) Hardcover – June, 1980

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in public policy
  • Hardcover: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Cato Inst; 1St Edition edition (June 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932790240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932790248
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Peter J. Ferrara (born 1955) is an American lawyer, policy analyst, and columnist who is the current general counsel for the American Civil Rights Union and analyst for The Heartland Institute. He is also the author/editor of Social Security: Prospects for Real Reform, Social Security Reform: The Family Plan, The Obamacare Disaster: An Appraisal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, America's Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb: How the Looming Debt Crisis Threatens the American Dream-and How We Can Turn the Tide Before It's Too Late, etc.

He wrote in the first chapter of this 1980 book, "The basic theme of this book is that the source of all the major defects of the social security program is an inherent conflict in its objectives. The current social security program tries to serve two contradictory functions: a welfare function and an insurance function. The program tries to fulfill these two functions at once but fulfills neither adequately." He also notes that the program "tends to be run on a political rather than on an economic basis... The result is to make social security bad insurance because it is unnecessarily subjected to political pressures." (Pg.
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By Anonymous on December 23, 2013
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My doctoral dissertation is on Social Security and I was looking for a resource book. This was somewhat out of date but did provide some history I was looking for.
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