Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of Social Security, the United States’ first and most enduring social program that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law during the Great Depression.
Weathering years as a political lightning rod, Social Security today is championed by another Roosevelt – DNC member and Tufts Health Plan President and CEO James Roosevelt Jr, FDR’s grandson.
“Social security was something that my grandfather viewed as a key part of his legacy, just as universal health care is going to be a key part of President Obama’s legacy,” said Roosevelt in a conference call Friday afternoon with reporters and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine.
Roosevelt and Kaine pledged to protect Social Security as a public program, especially in light of cries for privatization this election season from Republicans like Sharron Angle of Nevada and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Kaine says the Republicans who oppose Social Security by calling it a pyramid scheme or a Ponzi scheme take the criticism “out of a Republican campaign playbook.”
“That is one of the themes for the fall. It’s critical to elect Democrats who will stand with the president to protect Social Security,” said Kaine.
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