August 14, 1935: FDR signs Social Security Act

“…over the ensuing decades, it contributed to a dramatic decline in poverty among the elderly…..”

Imagine being a senior citizen without the assurance that you will have a basic lifetime income from Social Security.

“The Social Security Act of 1935 is a law enacted by the 74th United States Congress and signed into law by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The law created the Social Security program as well as insurance against unemployment. The law was part of Roosevelt’s New Deal domestic program.

“By the 1930s, the United States was the only modern industrial country without any national system of social security. In the midst of the Great Depression, the physician Francis Townsend galvanized support behind a proposal to issue direct payments to the elderly. Responding to that movement, Roosevelt organized a committee led by Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins to develop a major social welfare program proposal. Roosevelt presented the plan in early 1935 and signed the Social Security Act into law on August 14, 1935. The act was upheld by the Supreme Court in two major cases decided in 1937.”

“bill aims to keep Social Security beneficiaries out of poverty.”

“A bill reintroduced in Congress aims to prevent Social Security beneficiaries from living in poverty. Even as Democratic lawmakers want to raise benefits for the lowest earners, addressing the program’s solvency issues remains a hot button issue in Washington. Consequently, one other change, raising Supplemental Security Income benefits, could be an easier fix to make that would directly help the poor, one expert says.”

WARNING. Do not fall for these scams.

If you receive phone calls from unknown numbers / mystery emails saying your Social Security account has been compromised; or your Amazon account has been hacked and a shipment is on its way; or that your power is in danger of being disconnected — do not believe it! Do not return the calls or emails or give out your name or account numbers! Be vigilant and protect yourself from these con games.

Keep Social Security safe for future generations.

President Biden fires SSA commissioner hostile to retirees and other recipients!

“Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, released this statement: ‘Today is a great day for every current and future Social Security beneficiary. Andrew Saul and David Black were appointed by former President Donald Trump to undermine Social Security. They’ve done their very best to carry out that despicable mission. That includes waging a war on people with disabilities, demoralizing the agency’s workforce, and delaying President Biden’s stimulus checks.'”

Good riddance!