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Rep. Fudge Celebrates Social Security's 75th Birthday at the Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center

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Published on Aug 12, 2010

On August 11, 2010, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) joined Cleveland seniors in singing "Happy 75th Birthday" to Social Security at the Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center on August 11, 2010. The cake cutting marks Social Security's 75th anniversary and is part of a larger senior forum.

Congresswoman Fudge notes that few programs in American history have had as tremendous and positive an impact as Social Security. Almost 2 million Ohioans rely on Social Security benefits. This number includes retirees, those on disability and children. For 6 out of 10 recipients, the benefits amount to more than half their income. Without it, 50 percent of seniors would be living in poverty. Yet Social Security and Medicare are under attack by critics who seek to dismantle these programs and privatize contributions from working Americans.

"Don't let terms such as 'personal accounts' fool you," says Congresswoman Fudge. "Instead of keeping contributions in a trust fund, Congressional Republicans want to turn your money over to Wall Street. If that had happened prior to the recession, seniors would have lost trillions of dollars in the stock market meltdown. Instead, no one lost a penny in Social Security."

Congresswoman Fudge remains committed to strengthening Social Security. She will address facts and myths about this bedrock social program during the forum. "Social Security has been a promise kept between our government and the American people for 75 years. You have my promise that I will continue to protect Social Security so it remains viable for future generations."

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