Powerful article in the Times today about the real-world impacts, effects, and uses of Social Security. The piece profiles a set of seniors in Grand Rapids, digging into how Social Security affects, and in some cases, dictates their lives. One quote in particular stood out:
But others, like James Townsend, who worked as a forklift operator,
defend the traditional program. "If they hadn't had Social Security, I
wouldn't have saved that money," he said. "If I'd had extra money, I'd
have spent it. I wouldn't have anything at all."