The Pros And Cons Of Social Security

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During 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the original Social Security Act into law. Since then, Social Security has gone through plenty of phases; most of which include tacking on additional programs to the law such as different forms of insurance. A fact that often goes unnoticed is that building more government programs requires additional funding and, as a result, raises taxes for the American people. When it was first developed, Social Security was simply a means to assist any retired person over the age of 65 by providing them with a small income, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) did not even exist. Now, the Social Security program has grown to encapsulate other programs including retirement, survivors, and disability programs. Other programs that are associated with Social Security are SSI, Medicare, and FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act). Back when it was first established in 1935, Social Security was an excellent cushion for retirees; as of late, the program has spiraled into such a chaotic, corrupt mess, that Americans need to find a solution to this monster of a program. Firstly, it is important to note exactly why Social Security is such a negative program. Were it used for its original intention, Social Security would be a blessing, but instead, it is a plague unto not only the pockets, but…show more content…
It may seem a long way off, but soon, college-age Americans will come head-to-head with this program. They will have to decide their course of action; work hard and let others reap the reward, or shamefully feed off of the work of others. In all seriousness, Social Security has a superb backbone and was created for a righteous cause. Perhaps remembering what the program was originally made for will cause Americans to realize just how far they have strayed from the starting
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