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.

15_IdaMayFuller

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.

Later,

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: