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    According to demog.Berkeley. Edu the average age of a life span of a person in the 1920s was well below the age of 62 according to our life span. People in that time period didn’t live nearly as long as we did. They didn’t start climbing in age until the 1950s. So those that did live longer were way fewer and this makes his tweet a little skewed. I imagine in their 40s and 50 years of age they still worked and collected an income when they passed away, being farmers or factory workers. Not being on social security at all. So since not many lived to the age of social security you really can’t derive at a reasonable conclusion of more people being in social security I feel.

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      Very interesting indeed! may you share the source so that I can include it in our fact-checking report ?

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    This social security part of this link mentions” “Without Social Security, the incomes of approximately 16 million people – about half of the retirees – would fall below official poverty thresholds.”7

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    Page 510 of this report gives light into poverty rate in some states before 1932:

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      I would be very cautious about treating The Cato Institute as a reliable source as they have no academic standards and are a politically motivated and funded think tank founded by Charles Koch Foundation who have a vested interest in tearing down any and all government institutions in the U.S. Instead of building a hypothesis and doing research to see if their hypothesis is supported they start with a foregone conclusion and find only evidence that helps them reach their pre-established conclusion.

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