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On Social Security's 80th birthday, a dangerous leadership vacuum

On Social Security's 80th birthday, a dangerous leadership vacuum

Eighty years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating what reigns as the single most successful U.S. government program in history.  On that occasion, FDR spoke of the need to protect Americans from "the hazards and vicissitudes of life." He called the act he was signing a "cornerstone... that will take care of human needs and at the same time provide for the United States an economic structure of vastly greater soundness."  The program's achievements are well understood by most Americans, but they bear repeating. Social Security today provides benefits to 59 million people, including 42 million retired workers...

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