Happy birth­day?

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Aug. 14 marked the 71st an­niver­sary of So­cial Se­cu­rity be­ing signed into law, and a slew of Democrats cel­e­brated by prais­ing the 1935 pro­gram and at­tack­ing Repub­li­cans who want to change it.

“For the last 71 years, So­cial Se­cu­rity has pro­vided dig­nity, safety and se­cu­rity to mil­lions,” said House Mi­nor­ity Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Mary­land Demo­crat. “Pre­vent­ing the pri­va­ti­za­tion of So­cial Se­cu­rity that Pres­i­dent Bush and con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans have been ad­vo­cat­ing is one of the key el­e­ments of Democrats’ plan to lead Amer­ica in a new di­rec­tion.”

Many other Democrats, such as Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Harry Reid of Ne­vada joined in the cho­rus, bash­ing Repub­li­can pro­pos­als to al­low in­di­vid­u­als to vol­un­tar­ily di­vert a por­tion of their So­cial Se­cu­rity pay­roll taxes into gov­ern­ment-reg­u­lated private ac­counts.

A lo­cal chap­ter of the group Amer­i­cans United took the fight Aug. 15 to Sen. Rick San­to­rum, a Penn­syl­va­nia Repub­li­can in a tight race for re-elec­tion. The group planned a “spe­cial birth­day party for So­cial Se­cu­rity” across the street from one of Mr. San­to­rum’s state of­fices.

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