It is the 75th Anniversary of Social Security, perhaps the most successful Federal Government program in our history.
It is estimated that Social Security now keeps 20 million Americans out of poverty. For tens of millions of others it is the core of their income in their later years.
Social Security was a life saver for my parents. They worked hard all their lives, survived the Great Depression and WWII. My father, with an 8th grade education, worked for a small business most of his life and had no retirement pension. My mother had worked enough over the years to qualify for Social Security. Social Security provided them a dignified but very modest life style when they could no longer work.
The Tea Party extremists and Libertarians who advocate abolishing or privatizing Social Security have no understanding of how crucial it is to so many Americans.
Under Ronald Reagan Americans reformed the financial base of Social Security to make it solvent for decades. We now need to make the changes required to ensure Social Security continues to be successful.