What did people do before the Devil's spawn, in the person of FDR, established an expectation of universal dependence upon the government by signing the Social Security Act of 1935? I don't recall ever seeing in the history books any mass paupers graves or a plethora of retired persons walking the streets as "bag" people. I am not talking of the Great Depression era but the times before that; how in the world did people retire and manage to survive without governmental assistance? If people actually saved for their retirement back then or families actually took helped take care of their retired members, what great societal changes occured that ended those practices? How did Americans become so dependent upon the government for their retirement when that dependency did not exist before 1935? Did the members of society suddenly experience mass stupidity and quit saving or planning on their own? Now, when we are threatened with the collapse of the Social Security system, there is a great gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands and cries of "What will we do?". Whatever happened to the great American attribute of self-sufficiency and of taking care of one's own? I am sure that, in 1935 when FDR was promising everyone milk and honey, they thought that he and the Democrats had at last helped all Americans find those streets paved with gold and that everyone would now be taken care of by the Federal government. Did they also, at the same time, forget that there is no such thing as a free lunch? Or, did the Democrats, like the Pied Piper, lead America down the path that would destroy individual self-sufficiency and foster instead eternal dependence upon the government? Was this supposed to be our ticket to the promised land?