Social Security turns 78 on Aug. 14

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This week, Social Security turns 78 and Democrat James J. Devine and other progressives want to give Social Security the best birthday present possible, and they think we’ve found just the thing: the Harkin-Begich bill which finally gives it a long-awaited raise, increasing Social Security benefits while scrapping the cap that keeps billionaires from paying the same tax rate as the rest of us.

That’s why Devine is teaming up with The Other 98% and Social Security Works to send all of Congress and the President a birthday card, signed by you, that makes it clear Americans want to EXPAND Social Security, not shrink it – join us in signing it and sending it to Congress:

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, a key piece of Democratic legislation.

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act, a key piece of Democratic legislation that established a system of old-age benefits for workers, benefits for victims of industrial accidents, unemployment insurance, aid for dependent mothers and children, the blind, and the physically handicapped. Click on the cake to help ensure Social Security stays strong for years to come by signing this petition from the Alliance for Retired Americans.

“The American people know that our Social Security system works,” said Devine. “During the economic collapse of 2008, when they saw that while their home equity, 401k’s and savings were devastated, Social Security was the one source of retirement security that people could rely on.”

“With so much uncertainty about the future, seniors are relying more than ever on our earned Social Security benefits,” said Devine. “That’s why now is the time to build upon the one retirement security system that we know we can count on. Please join in support of vital legislation to increase Social Security benefits and scrap the cap that stops billionaires from paying the same tax rate as the rest of us.”

On August 14, 1935, the Social Security Act established a system of old-age benefits for workers, benefits for victims of industrial accidents, unemployment insurance, aid for dependent mothers and children, the blind, and the physically handicapped.

“That’s 78 years of never missing a single payment and ensuring that millions of older Americans can retire in the most basic dignity,” said Devine, whose Voice of the People column is a regular feature in NJTODAY.NET.

“Thanks to Social Security, millions of seniors are able to pay their bills, buy groceries and maintain their independence,” said Devine.

 


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