Seventy-Nine Years of Social Security

Perhaps the most successful social welfare program ever. For millions of Americans, it’s also absolutely essential.

The first recipient was a Vermonter, Ida May Fuller.


Fifty-eight million Americans, roughly one in five, depend on a Social Security benefit, either retirement or disability.

The Right has tried several times to undercut or privatize the program, to politically disastrous results. While the program is never completely safe from attack, it’s encouragingly ironic that, these days, there’s even serious discussion about expansion.



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