Sometimes, pictures can put things into perspective:
Posted by vickiemom in history, infographic, open post, virtual friday, visualization
September 29, 2012 at 7:18 PM
Wow, this was so interesting! I guess without inforgraphs showing people certain things like the US budget, lots of people (my self included) would never really want to pic up a book and read it! I like how Medicade went way up while international affairs went down. Also it’s funny how in the 1960’s Medicare didn’t even exist! It’s crazy how things changed!
September 30, 2012 at 7:55 PM
In the 1960s (yes, I remember those days – I got my first official paycheck in 1968), paychecks only listed a FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) deduction. FICA encompassed much more than what we know of as Social Security. The law that created Medicare and separated the FICA and Medicare deductions from paychecks was passed in July, 1965
This is from the Social Security Administration website (http://www.ssa.gov/history/hfaq.html)
Q4: Is it true that Social Security was originally just a retirement program?
A: Yes. Under the 1935 law, what we now think of as Social Security only paid retirement benefits to the primary worker. A 1939 change in the law added survivors benefits and benefits for the retiree’s spouse and children. In 1956 disability benefits were added.
Keep in mind, however, that the Social Security Act itself was much broader than just the program which today we commonly describe as “Social Security.” The original 1935 law contained the first national unemployment compensation program, aid to the states for various health and welfare programs, and the Aid to Dependent Children program. (Full text of the 1935 law.)
September 30, 2012 at 6:08 PM
Interesting given the TED talk we watched in class about how #s change when we put things into context
September 30, 2012 at 8:52 PM
I really like this image. I agree that putting numbers into context completely changes how we can see them sometimes. it reminds me of this image I saw that showed two buttons. One said “receive a million dollars” the other said “50% chance at 100 million dollars”. I’m not sure why anyone would pick the second. Then it occurred to me that it was because the second was a bigger number. It didn’t matter that the first would set someone up for life. The second number was bigger and could possibly be gotten. I think if you put the number in context, no one would take the second option.
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