Law and Politics

Social Security Must Remain Strong

August 28, 2016 
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial

Washington, DC – Exactly 81 years ago this month, President Roosevelt signed Social Security into law. It’s wonderful that even after all these years, Social Security still stands strong as one of the government’s most successful programs.

Social Security makes up nearly 50% of unmarried elderly women’s income compared to only 35% for unmarried elderly men, and it keeps 15 million seniors above the poverty line. It's a vital program that helps millions of seniors pay for lifesaving medicine, afford food and keep a roof over their heads. It’s particularly crucial for seniors from minority groups: Only about one-third of retired Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and retired African Americans have income other than Social Security to rely on.

Social Security makes up nearly 50% of unmarried elderly women’s income compared to only 35% for unmarried elderly men, and it keeps 15 million seniors above the poverty line. It's a vital program that helps millions of seniors pay for lifesaving medicine, afford food and keep a roof over their heads. It’s particularly crucial for seniors from minority groups: Only about one-third of retired Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and retired African Americans have income other than Social Security to rely on.

August 27, 2016

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