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.