WANTS TO MAKE IT
To the Shreveport Times:
Should Social Security be voluntary?
In private insurance, the terminal reserve of a company is the trust fund
from iv Itieli all benefits lo policy-holders
are paid. If company officials allow even
one penny of tbat fund to be used for
other purposes, they are declared insolvent, are put out of business and the
executives will be subject to heavy pen-
allies by law.
Our governmenl has spent lhe millions
of dollars collected for Social Security.
Therefore, Seeeietl Security is nol backed
by terminal reserve, bul by 1.0.1 .'s.
Compulsory "Social Security" is unconstitutional, deprives me of choosing my
own insurance company, and of spending my earnings as I see fit.
Many people have had to drop insurance paid on For years, which cove-reel more, just because of compulsory
Mrs. /.. 1/. Brook
Rt. 1, Rox ill). De Ridilcr. I.a.
A CIVIL DEFENSE IDEA
To lhe Weekly Slur Farmer:
Whal can we as I'ivilians do about
civil defense? W hy not. in addition to a
strong military reserve of younger men.
organize a true home guard composed
of the millions of sportsmen, Farmers, ex-
soldiers over drafl eiml reserve age. anil
all such loyal Americans who have their
own guns and are skilled in their use?
Why nut organize (with lhe succession
oF authority clearly understood) Ihe
men of the small towns and rural areas.
particularly, who are least likely In >uf-
fir from air attacks?
Why leave eill the- real burden uf defense to the young; they bene no corner
on courage. We have in these older men
a vasl reservoir of manpower, weapons,
courage ami ability tbeil should be utilize el tee carry on in (he- extreme emergency that mighl overtake us al any
I.eonu Miller Cranston
Rural Route 2. Atlanta. kein-ei~
To the Dallas Times Herald:
A man employed to w.erk fur another
mein automatically assumes two important mural obligations. \n employee
should willingly give bis employer complete loyalty anil em honest day's work.
We. eill know individuals who have the
attitude of getting the most for the least.
Such an attitude slowly, but surely destroys tin- moral fiber of its possessor.
The idea of getting something fur noth-
ing is as corrosive as cancer.
Conversely, tbe person who gives his
employer the best he has. nol onl) contributes to his employer's success, but
peivcs the way for his own success. \u
incontestable law of life' is those who
give lhe most get the mosl. Nothing
gives a iiiitii greater satisfaction than the
knowledge he has been of value I"
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bombs, while we continued al the eun'
per cent rate? Would they nut then
nave the four to one advantage?
Noting briefly two general points:
i I i that no amount ol concentration
compensates for a single radical qualitative failure 'i.e., you have to introduce zero only once- into any group uf
factors to make the protluci zero), ami
i2l that even four per cenl ill Russia
tuls far closer lo lhe bone than one
per cent iii the I ,S. i you ma) trade
butter fur guns, bul nol the lasl bowl
eel gruel il you ein- going I" have
strength enough lefl to lire lhe thing i.
the gravamen of our rejoinder seems
to be tbat tbe Russians quite evidently
are putting greal effort into non-atomic
military Forces. Indeed the commonl)
accepted and officially encouraged picture is one of hundreds of divisions "I
ground forces and myriads of MIG's.
Those things use up industrial capacity.
The editors of Business II eek, whose
reports on atomic energy have quasi-
official authority, stated in their issue for
Jul) 2,';. L951 : "AEC dollars may nul
bulk targe in a $60-bi11ion defense program, bul they eui' spenl in ver) sensitive areas: When it- new plants an'
built, AEC will be' the nation's largest
single consumer eef electricity; pluton-
ium plants compete directly fur rare
materials with the critical jet-engine
program; I -235 planl.- use the -emu-
sort of equipment as refineries eiml
\i this point I'm jnsi aboul ready t"
peck up emd go home, unless you've ""I
Mime new evidence. If tin- composition
nf llu- etiiimie' materials ileiiet -lie-.'i i-
such ibeit the I nited States can leal the
pinch after putting one pet cenl into this
business, then I don'l ihink lhe Russian
Commies are going in make ihe grade.
"lhe Soviet 1 nion," says Fortune,
"heis ihe- worsl housing in Europe, the
shoddiest clothes, the thinnest diet . . .
It also has more jel aircraft than all the
\ \T( l nation- put together." '
'I lu'ii where are they going i" gel
those directly competitive rein- materials
for pliilonium plants?
There is one other bite oul of the
Russian economy lhal is worth considering if we assume em extensive alomie
project over there. Thai i- the cost of
Merely. This has been mightily dis-
cussed in lhe conferences of the' I ,S.
atomic energy experts, ami there is a
copious "literature" on lhe subject. Mid.
indeed, whal we pay for such internal
security as we have is not inconsiderable.
Rut try lo imagine, in that line, lln'
drain on the economy of the Soviets
required nol onlv to maintain theit
whole- secret police system, eunl nol only
tu establish and maintain beyond ihe
I rals eill kinds ol gigantic industrial installations located for strategic rathe'
than eceitioinic. rcetseins but eilsu lo 'I'1
all this in such thorough secrecy theit
tic President of ihe I nited Sleilcs long-
esl in office during the critical period
Russians have ■'
is not convincei
Ltialiceilly. it's like this:
ec) i- ei handicap to
11 i Secrec) i-
l2i Russia hai
LSI Russiet is more severely handicapped than Mni'rii'ei is. With the othel
handicaps, lhal may well finish them
nit ets competitors in "Achievement.
Dr. Harold 1 rey once seiiel I l.S. progress involved firing mosl of our securit)
officers.87 In Russiet tin- whole' projed
was under lhe then No. 1 securit) officer of ihe wot hi. Lavrenti Beria.aa
Beria's fall and the detonation ol :'"
H-bomb were announced with characteristic incongruity in llu- summer "'
1955. Tin- H-bomb developmenl in.'?
end a rumor lhal Beria's feell was du1'
lo failure al Momsk. On the olhcr hand
perhaps he was purged because he mad'
an H-bomb. Several nf our own expert*
have deplored our production of tritiui"
eil lhe e-xpcliac of pllltiinium. II Ret|:1
diverted scarce materials From A-bun'j'
resources so ;i- lo shovi off before l"7
imperialisl friends wilh H-bomb li'1
works, then uf course be wets open '''
the charge, among others, of "adventurism."
Bul speculation em tin- internal |M'
trigues of the comrades is foreign i" '
sober estimate nf productive capacity
I propose lhe Following ;is ei reasona"'1
working hypothesis: The United Stat*'
atomic energy project is today in ('''
yeur i95[51 overwhelmingly superi"
in practical productivity to any oth*
atomic energy project known or plaQ*
ibly conjectured to exist.
■ The (torn, 1951, p. 8.
«l',„time. Feb. 1953, p. 120.
7 Reported in em editorial in tin- Bulletin *
the Itomic Scientists, Dee. 1949, p. 326.
8 The eeiltlniiiu lur this is, 1 iieei-t confess-, .
tlie realm nf "common knowledge." I ''-..
learned "f Beria's reported responsibilit)
til.' '"Iiiinii eef ,le,ae'|,li illl'l Miee.nt U**
FACTS FORUM NEWS, June, '