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  • Policy Basics: Top Ten Facts about Social Security
    Updated November 6, 2012

    President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935. Almost eight decades later, Social Security remains one of the nation’s most successful, effective, and popular programs. It provides a foundation of income on which workers can build to plan for their retirement. It also provides valuable social …
  • Social Security Keeps 21 Million Americans Out of Poverty: A State-by-State Analysis
    Paul N. Van de Water and Arloc Sherman[1]
    October 16, 2012

    Social Security benefits play a vital role in reducing poverty.  Without Social Security, 21.4 million more Americans would be poor, according to the latest available Census data (for 2011).  Although most of those whom Social Security keeps out of poverty are elderly, nearly a third are under age 65, including 1.1 million children.…
  • Social Security Disability Insurance is Vital to Workers With Severe Impairments
    Kathy Ruffing
    August 9, 2012

    The Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program provides modest but vital benefits to workers who become unable to perform substantial work on account of a serious medical impairment.  Although some critics charge that spending for the program is “out of control,” the bulk of the rise in federal disability rolls …
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