Make no mistake about it; Social Security is vital to our nation’s economic recovery. Not only is it important for seniors, the disabled and children who lose a wage-earning parent, but without it our national economy would suffer in real and tangible ways.Social Security pumps $725 billion into the national economy each year. That’s a lot of groceries, utilities and other life necessities that keep local businesses and their employees working. Social Security, like unemployment insurance, is typically spent right away because it’s not “extra” for those who receive it. For the average senior, Social Security is essential to their day-to-day survival and it puts real dollars to work in our local and state economies.Visit our 2012 Campaign Watch page to see how many Social Security dollars are spent in your state.