A Way to Make Social Security Solvent for the Next 75 Years
By Sen. Bernie Sanders
August 22, 2010
Published by the United States Senate Website for Sen. Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator for Vermont.
See related: Letter to National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter DeFazio.
Social Security just turned 75, and all across the country, people and senior organizations are celebrating this enormous achievement. Before President Franklin Roosevelt signed the law on August 14, 1935, about half of the senior citizens in America lived in poverty. That began to change on January 31, 1940, when the first monthly retirement check, for $22.54, was issued to retired legal secretary Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vt. <!– [more] –>
Today, more than 52 million Americans, including over 124,000 Vermonters, receive benefits. For three quarters of a century, Social Security has been a great success doing exactly what it was designed to do. During that entire period not one American who has been eligible for Social Security has failed to receive benefits they were entitled to receive. That’s a pretty good record. Today, Social Security not only provides retirement benefits to seniors, it provides support for the disabled and widows and orphans.
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Oliver Twist Asks for ‘More’
Tea Party Candidate Says Move The Poor To Prison
From The Raw Story and the AP
via Beaver County Blue
[ Note from John Leonard: When I was growing up for many years, Pleasant Drive in Potter Twp. Beaver Co. Pa was called Poorhouse Run Road because the Poorhouse was located on what is now the property of Horse Head Industries. Looks like some Republicans want to resurrect some bad parts of history. Their families should be the first to enter into the new ideas they seek. ]
If elected governor of New York, Tea Party Republican Carl Paladino wouldn’t criminalize being poor, per se. That would be unconstitional. He’d just rather see them “voluntarily” move into state prisons where they could work on improving, among other things, their “personal hygiene”.
Paladino is competing for the Republican nomination with former U.S. Rep. Rick Lazio. The primary is Sept. 14th and Paladino has campaigned hard to the right of Lazio. He’s routinely argued that New York’s social services encourage illegal immigrants and the poor to come to live in New York.
According to Paladino his poor-to-prison plan is modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps, a federal program that paid young unemployed men during the Great Depression to plant trees, build roads and develop parks. Paladino’s program would be open to long-term welfare recipients and to people who had lost their jobs during the recession.
Paladino is proposing to consolidate prison facilities and using the vacant ones into dormitory style housing where they could work for the state in some military or public works capacity in exchange for a receipt of benefits.
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