Liberalization of the Social Security System

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Drive for Expansion of Social Security System

Renewed Pressure on Congress for Pension Increases

Defeat of the “ham-and-eggs” pension scheme in California and of the Bigelow old-age pension plan in Ohio at the November elections is expected to bring renewed pressure on Congress at the 1940 session for liberalization of the old-age assistance features of the Social Security Act. In spite of the defeat of the two schemes, the elections convincingly demonstrated the vote-getting possibilities of the pension issue.

Governor Olson of California, against whom proponents of the “$30 Every Thursday” pension plan have launched a recall movement, declared shortly after the elections that California should take the lead in efforts to persuade the federal government to lower the minimum age limit for federal-state old-age pensions from ...

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