PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES ON SOCIAL SECURITYFeb 15th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare
The Evolution of Social Security
SeniorCitizenJournal.com editors did an interesting Internet search on Social Security recently, and found several noteworthy quotes from previous presidents. Here they are.
Dwight D Eisenhower: Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.
Franklin D Roosevelt: “We can never insure one-hundred percent of the population against one-hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life. But we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age. This law, too, represents a cornerstone in a structure which is being built, but is by no means complete…. It is…a law that will take care of human needs and at the same time provide for the United States an economic structure of vastly greater soundness.”
Harry S Truman: “Social Security…is not a dole or a device for giving everybody something for nothing. True Social Security must consist of rights which are earned rights — guaranteed by the law of the land.”
John F Kennedy: “The Social Security program plays an important part in providing for families, children, and older persons in times of stress. But it cannot remain static. Changes in our population, in our working habits, and in our standard of living require constant revision.”
George H W Bush: “To every American out there on Social Security, to every American supporting that system today, and to everyone counting on it when they retire, we made a promise to you, and we are going to keep it.”
William J Clinton: “Social Security. . . reflects some of our deepest values–the duties we owe to our parents, the duties we owe to each other when we’re differently situated in life, the duties we owe to our children and our grandchildren. Indeed, it reflects our determination to move forward across generations and across the income divides in our country, as one America.”