Social Security turns 78

On this day in 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, providing, for the first time ever, guaranteed income for retirees and creating a system of unemployment benefits. Ever since then, Wall Street and their politicians have been trying to cut, undermine, demonize and privatize this most successful and cherished government program. A broad coalition of Americans and organizations, including seniors, disabled, unions, civil rights and women’s groups, nonprofits, elected officials and others continue to mobilize to save Social Security from these attacks and pass legislation to improve benefits. This loose coalition also is fighting the current Obama administration proposal to cut benefits using a formula called chained CPI.

In the video below, Jessica Desvarieux, producer of The Real News Network, interviews Nicole Woo of the Center for Economic and Policy Research on the history and current state of the Social Security trust fund.

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Photo: Protestors demonstrate proposed cuts to Social Security and other programs last year in Chicago, Dec. 10, 2012. (PW)


Teresa Albano
Teresa Albano

Teresa Albano was the first woman editor-in-chief of People’s World, 2003-2010, leading the transition from weekly print to daily online publishing and establishing PW’s social media presence. Albano has been a staff writer for People’s World covering political, labor and social justice issues for more than 25 years. She traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad, including India, Cuba, Angola, Italy, and to Paris to cover the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. An award-winning journalist, Albano has been honored for her writing by International Labor Communications Association, National Federation of Press Women and Illinois Woman Press Association.