Aug 14, 2012

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SOCIAL SECURITY: 77 Years After It Became Law, Social Security Keeps 20 Million Americans Out Of Poverty

Thank you President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
¨Today marks the 77th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act into law, creating arguably America’s most successful social program. “We can never insure one hundred percent of the population against one hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age,” FDR said on that day. HERE

Today, as this table from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows, Social Security is keeping more than 20 million Americans out of poverty:

· Thanks to Think Progress, sidebar
· Thanks to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, U.S. President
· Thanks to ¨Americas most successful social program¨

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