Treasury employee Linda Tarkenton of Philadelphia holds a blank U.S. Treasury check before it’s run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility. Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images. Update: | Laurence Kotlikoff has agreed to answer your questions…

From "Why Social Security?" (1937). Social Security Administration pamphlet explaining need for the new system in terms of the transition from rural to urban-industrial society. Illustration by Hendrik Willem Van Loon, photo via flickr user Tobias Higbie. Paul Solman answers…

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