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Privatize Social Security Americans are Smart Enough to Invest for Themselves The beginning of the 20th century was a very hard time for America and its citizens After the Industrial Revolution and the Great War came the Great Depression The economy was crashing and crashing fast the stock market crashed twice in one week thousands of people were laid off and businesses went bankrupt These were definitely the hardest of times and the people were looking for help On June 8 1934 President Franklin D Roosevelt announces to congress that he intended to provide a program for Social Security He created the Committee on Economic Security to study the entire problem of the economy and to provide any recommendations that would help congress make a legislative consideration In early January 1935 the committee gave the report to Roosevelt and on January 17 he presented it to congress On August 14 1935 the Social Security Act was pass into law by President Roosevelt The act was to help people in need of general welfare and pay retired workers age 65 or older a continuing income after retirement The program later change to include unemployment insurance old-age assistance aid to dependant children and grants to states for medical care In 1939 the program was amended to include payments to the spouse and minor children and survivors benefits pay in the event the worker suffered a premature death This is pretty much what Americans know as Social Security today and the program has been relatively unchanged since it was stared over sixty years ago Social Security History This program was definitely needed during these hard times no one can really argue that However most people today discuss Social Security more than ever it is argued in congress it is talked about on the news and it is debated in political elections Americans feel that they can do better investing their hard-earned money themselves
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