Quote – Senator Daniel O. Hastings (R-DE) speaks against Social Security in 1935.

I fear it may end the progress of a great country and bring its people to the level of the average European. It will furnish delicious food and add great strength to the political demagogue. It will assist in driving worthy and courageous men from public life. It will discourage and defeat the American trait of thrift. It will go a long way toward destroying American initiative and courage.

“Senator Daniel O. Hastings (R-DE), in 1935, listing the evils of Social Security.” From The New Republic’s “Women’s Suffrage and Other Visions of Right-Wing Apocalypse”.