All of the terrific opinion pieces, issue papers and blog posts written today in honor of Social Security's 73rd birthday truly seem like gifts as we continue to offer the truth about Social Security and counter all of the anti-‘entitlement' propaganda out there these days. Our favorite headline comes from Economic Policy Institute.  "Social Security: Here today, still here tomorrow"  is a wonderful synopsis of the program's true fiscal condition.  They write:
The bottom line is that Social Security is in good shape-we should all be so lucky at age 73. Changes to shore up the program's financing and make it more progressive are warranted, but there is no crisis, and certainly no need to rush to dramatic reform.
Our favorite Oped was written by Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson (both Greenspan Commission advisors in 1983) and appeared today in the San Francisco Chronicle.  They provide some desperately needed historical and philosophical perspective to the privatization debate:
What opponents saw as socialism in the 1930s and what McCain today sees as "an absolute disgrace" - the government compelling citizens to mandatory collective action - we see as the most basic of American values - Americans using, in the words of FDR, "the agencies of Government to provide sound and adequate protection against the vicissitudes of modern life." What some still see as unwarranted government intrusion, most see as our shared responsibility as Americans. Far more than a benefit distribution system, to paraphrase former Sen. Bill Bradley, Social Security is the nation's best expression of community. It is a trust based on broadly shared civic and religiously-based principles - concern for our parents, for our neighbors and for the legacy we will leave for our children and those who follow. The program cleverly combines individual responsibility - benefits are based on individual work effort - with a deep understanding that our nation is strongest when we share both our prosperity and our risk.
Our own President/CEO, Barbara Kennelly blogged in The Hill Newspaper's Congress blog today saying:
As we celebrate Social Security's 73rd Anniversary today I'm reminded of one of my favorite FDR quotes:  "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth"'. That statement is as true today as it was when Social Security was created 73 years ago. Just because those who are fundamentally opposed to Social Security continue to say it's a failed program, doesn't mean it's true. Social Security is not bankrupt and it's not in crisis; however, it continues to be under attack.  The long-term challenges facing Social Security are modest and manageable and can't be solved by the hollow promise of private accounts. It's time a new Congress and a new President put Washington's focus back where it should be...preserving and strengthening Social Security for future generations not dismantling the program through privatization.  Maybe this time next year we'll be able to celebrate Social Security's anniversary and the end of privatization politics at the same time.
And James Roosevelt, Jr, grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt and son of our organization's founder talked to reporters today about his grandfather's legacy and the future of Social Security.  In this video, he describes FDR's goal for the program:       And lastly, on the political side here is a Social Security Greeting card distributed by the Democrats.