Listen: Michael, Neck Injuries And Alf Landon discussed on Thom Hartmann
"Down for the rest of his life, and social security was what saved him. He had no savings. He had no job anymore. He couldn't write for a living anymore. Eventually figured out how to occasionally, you know, do something with some voice dictation machines and stuff and back to myself and a number of other people helped him out with that and bought computers for him and things. But you know, Michael would have just, you know, it would have been. Hey, just curl up and die. I mean, his parents were dead. He. He didn't have close, you know, direct family, and he, he lived on social security for the rest of his life. They paid for his housing. They paid for his his medical care. That's what social security disability as and he was not sixty five he was in his forties, as I recall, maybe even as late thirties, and you know, because of his conditioning only lived another fifteen years, or so, you know, I used to go visit him regularly. But that's when it became real for me that every single one of us has a it's not even a million dollar insurance policy. I mean, Michael in fifteen or twenty years, or however long, it was on this, probably consumed more than a million dollars or so security money. You have basically an unlimited insurance policy against a car accident against a physical accident. You know if somebody assaults you beats you up breaks your neck injuries. You in a way that you can't work anymore. If you get a disease, you know, you develop a LS or something like that these diseases, sometimes strike young people, and they. Can't work. How do we communicate that better? I think the average twentysomething thirtysomething has no idea. It's social security is this mind bogglingly great insurance program that they have that they walk around with protects them every single day. It's, it's to be cliche is a victim of its own success. It operates so smoothly, and with such efficiency that people don't even realize they have it until they need it, which is how we want it to operate. But the thing is this coordinated propaganda attacked by Wall Street that actually poisons people's brains because he propaganda doesn't, you know, like just because you're smart doesn't mean that the propaganda is not working, you know, my Noam a lot of people you talk to them. These are people who understand policy. You know, whatever I don't care, what room, you're talking to ask some young people if they think social security is going to be there for you. In a lot of. Hands are going to go up at no it's not gonna be there for them. That they're just paying into the system with no expectation of this has been the this has been the pitch from the Republicans for as long as I've been alive. I mean, I've been hearing this since the since the sixties social security is not going to remember, William Buckley, talking about this on firing line on, on the corporation for public broadcasting and public. Yeah. Public TV back in the sixties my dad, and I had an argument of and go back even further. I mean Alf Landon, who ran against FDR lost every state, but one, actually ran on the same thing that it's not real is going to be there for you social security is never missed a single payment. I mean, it is the most secure thing that you probably have the vast majority of people in this country have in terms of an asset actuarially. It's around two million dollars worth of insurance products that we all everyone who's every working family whose paid in. Actuary has around two million dollars in life and disability insurance, and that and that inflation protected annuity at retirement is a non-marketable famine. No business could ever offer that it's impossible. It can only be done with social insurance. But he is this, get to your question of young people need to understand that four young people is who were talking about social security for all the changes that all be attacks all the, it's for young people, the younger, you are the bigger, the cuts to your benefits are being discussed right now, generally, they actually carve out people who are currently on it. Right. They know not not yet. Her grandpa, because because grandma and grandpa vote, every single time, all on social security, you know, I call them always voters"