Debate: Is Social Security Effective? free enterprise? or government regulation?

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Debate: Is Social Security Effective? free enterprise? or government regulation?

Background of the Issue:

The government manages retirement accounts for millions of Americans through the Social Security system. But with the coming retirement of millions of baby boomers, some people believe that Social Security can no longer achieve its original goals.

What is the proper balance between free enterprise and government regulation of the economy?

In theory, a free enterprise should function with little government interference. In practice, though, our government often plays a strong economic role. How much government relation of the economy is appropriate? Using the timeline below, and the two opposing viewpoints, explore the enduring issue and answer the essential question as well as questions that follow.













The Debate Issue: Social Security
What is the proper balance between free enterprise and government regulation of the economy?




























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1. Compare- Do you think that today’s Center for American Progress would support or oppose New Deal laws like the AAA?

2. Analyze- Compare the data on this page. Do you think that the costs of Social Security outweighs the benefits?

3. Debate- Learn more about recent debate on government’s role in the economy and prepare an argument supporting one of the viewpoints
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