July 20, 1935 - Editorial - Enduring Social Progress, by George Lorimer
Because The Saturday Evening Post has published editorials and articles questioning the soundness of the Townsend plan for pensioning persons past sixty years of age at the rate of $200 a month, many letters have been received expressing the belief that we have no interest in pensions of any kind or in measures to ameliorate poverty, illness and ignorance. (pg. 22)
Comments: This is the typical response from people when you dare to criticize social security, welfare, child support, or other programs that provide money without having to labor for it. You are branded as hard-hearted. You have no concern for the old, the sick, or the children. Of course, this distracts people's attention from the fact that A is enslaved so that B can get the money that A worked for. That part of the equation most people don't want to hear. People on the receiving end of Cannibalism will always argue in favor of it because the yoke is around someone else's neck. $200 a month back in 1935 would equate to $2400 a year. That is about 1.6 times what the average worker earned back then. In today's inflated dollars, that would equate to a yearly pension of about $56,000 a year, or about $4700 a month. I guess the Townsend plan didn't quite work out the way the Utopian dreamers hoped it would.