Why is this core legislation still so vitally important? What makes it virtually untouchable politically?  What are the problems currently being faced by the program? 


Cornerstone of The New Deal

How would you defend the statement that Social Security was the cornerstone of the New Deal?  Could you argue the position that the program needs dramatic changes? 

FDR and the Liberal Agenda

  • How close was the vote to approve this legislation in both the Senate and House?
  • What constituency benefitted most from this law?
  • Why has the health of the Social Security program ignited a firestorm of political controversy?