A Look at Social Security’s History – Celebrating Social Security’s 78th Anniversary!

Posted on 08/20/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteLast week marked the 78th anniversary of the passing of the Social Security Act. To commemorate, this blog post looks back to see how Social Security has changed over the years. Below, you will find a timeline highlighting famous firsts, important legislation and the growth of one of America’s most popular programs. 1935: On Aug. 14, the Social Security Act (H.R. 7260, Public Law No. 271, 74th Congress) became law with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signature at approximately 3:30 p.m. …

Surprising Facts About a Survivor – Social Security

Posted on 08/14/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsHappy 78th birthday, Social Security. Since FDR signed you into law on Aug. 14, 1935, you’ve survived wars, budget cuts and changing demographics. Today you may be older than most of your beneficiaries, but you’re still central to secure retirement. Related: How Has Social Security Changed Lives? In Millions of Ways Here are some surprising facts about the program: The number of people who received Social security benefits last year – 61.9 million – is nearly half of what the U.S. …

A Real Social Security Crisis

Posted on 06/28/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe Social Security Administration is struggling a bit these days. It has 57 million “customers” but no permanent director. It’s absorbed stiff budget cuts in recent years, and the sequester piled on even more. Its computer systems are, relatively speaking, paleolithic. Perhaps nowhere are the agency’s problems more evident than in the program that relies on middle people to receive and handle payments for beneficiaries who are unable to manage their own affairs. While the vast majority of Social Security …