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Happy Birthday Social Security

August 14th, 2008 by flanews

Seniors gathered across the state today to celebrate 73 years of Social Security and to bash a presidential candidate who supports changing the program. On this day in 1935, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today 6 out of every 10 seniors rely on Social Security for at least half of their income. Members of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans held a birthday party outside of the Tallahassee Social Security office. Alliance Secretary Barbara DeVane said John McCains support of partially privatizing the financial aid program could hurt seniors.

Were here today to say cut the cake, not our social security benefits. Do not privatize social security. And we think John McCains statement about Social Security being disgraceful. We think that is disgraceful, said DeVane.

The Alliance for Retired Americans launched a television ad campaign about McCains position on Social Security.

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