Student's Guide to Landmark Congressional Laws on Social by Steven G. Livingston

By Steven G. Livingston

Protecting such severely very important legislation because the dwelling house Act of 1862, the Social protection Act of 1935, Medicare and Medicaid, the private accountability and paintings chance Act, and so forth, this source is ideal for college students searching for a radical and comprehensible exam of the legislation that created America's social coverage system.America is a welfare kingdom. while 2/5 of american citizens obtain a few kind of monetary the aid of the govt, and federal spending on retirement pensions, wellbeing and fitness care, and source of revenue defense courses techniques 1000000000000 money in line with 12 months, you could not often argue differently. confronted with doubtless insurmountable cultural, political, and constitutional hindrances, how did a welfare country truly turn out to be developed in the United States? The legislation during this quantity supply a solution.

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A federal program would discourage states from poaching businesses from one another by offering especially stingy unemployment programs. ) On the other hand, a number of states were already in the midst of developing their own unemployment programs and might oppose a federal program based on different principles. And then there was the constitutionality problem to worry about; on the face of it, states appeared to have a more solid constitutional grounding for undertaking these programs. Roosevelt’s instincts, as always, were to combine the most attractive and politically realistic elements of each issue, and, fortunately for him, a novel tax idea first used in a 1926 federal estate tax law allowed him to do so.

Poverty, unemployment, and the dire circumstances of the aged could no longer be argued to be temporary aberrations. Indeed, the question now asked was, how long could they be endured? To make matters worse, the Depression had led to the bankruptcy or failure of many of the local poverty relief agencies that had served as the safety net in earlier times. Several states attempted to step in and finance relief to their unemployed workers, but they soon exhausted their budgets and had to beg Washington for help.

As reported in the New York City newspaper, The Courier and Enquirer. Benjamin Hibbard, A History of the Public Land Policies (New York: Peter Smith, 1939), p. 366. 4. James T. Du Bois and Gertrude S. Matthews, Galusha A. Grow: Father of the Homestead Law (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1917). 5. Eric Foner, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1970), p. 27. 2 The Civil War Pension System Few people realize that, long before the creation of Social Security, America had once had one of the most liberal old-age pension systems in the world.

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