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Today, August 14, is Social Security's birthday


1935 The 37 page Social Security Act signed August 14, 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Retirement benefits only to worker, welfare benefits started

37 pages...

Gee, it sure is odd that we're not seeing the whole political class celebrating it. To be fair, it's only 79 years old, and not a round number like 80. But still.

There's hardly anything on Google News; the neoliberals are gutting service so they can kill the program because markets; and Social Security cannot go bankrupt (kudos, Forbes, or at least a Forbes contributor). And something from Bernie. Nothing from Hillary that I can find, or Warren. Oh well.

NOTE RJ Eskow is more optimistic than I am:

Happy Birthday, Social Security - But Stay Away From That Cake!
Politicians and campaign consultants, be advised: Social Security will be a critical campaign theme in 2014 - and in 2016, too. It's an issue with staying power, and for good reason. Everyone hopes to retire someday. Most people realize they could become disabled at any time. And, as Mary Landrieu's petition language suggests, the Social Security issue resonates with broader populist themes of economic equity - themes that ignite voter enthusiasm.

This one ain't going away, folks. Social Security is important to people. (It's also important to the economies of their home states.)

Social Security has already received the best possible birthday present: its advocates don't have to play defense anymore. They're not just spending their days beating back destructive ideas like the "chained CPI" benefit cut, or challenging deceptive claims about its financial prospects - claims which have been disproved, over and over, for the last 75 years.

Today, Social Security's champions are also articulating a vision for using that program to rebuild our broken retirement economy.

The battle isn't over. The "cutting crew" is well-funded and its backers are determined. But this year there's even more to celebrate about Social Security. So if you want to have a party, go ahead. Just don't ask a hedge funder to provide the cake.

I think it's quiet, too quiet. If Eskow had provided a list of politicians even issuing press releases in support, I'd be a lot happier. I can only think he hasn't because they don't exist, although (as Atrios says) "happy to be wrong."

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