Seniors celebrate the 75th anniversary of social security

A group of area seniors held a celebration to mark the 75th birthday of social security Thursday.

Members of the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans hosted a party at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire. Party-goers praised social security as America's most successful government program.

Social security provides benefits to more than one million Wisconsinites. Besides sharing a cake, speakers discussed the importance of social security and the adjustments needed to have it for future generations.

Billy Feitlinger of the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans said "15% of the people in this country today under the age of 18 would be in poverty without social security. 45% of the workforce that gets disabled on the job would be in poverty.”

Similar events were held around the state and across the country this week in order to defend the program from proposed cuts.

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  • by Sara Location: Altoona on Aug 16, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    Like so many taxpayers, I just wish Social Security would be used for what it was intended for. It is no longer used for those who did pay in, but for those who have one goal, get on disability using a fake disability. Just because some rich person had a job that paid so well, shouldn't make any more than the person who toiled away for 40 plus hours a week. While the rich person spent more time on the golf course. I'm tired of those who are chipping away the social security benefits by crying disability. Then to see the same people at the bars, their names in the paper for everything imaginable. Take away these fake disabilities payments and see how long the disability lasts. The Government and the so called patriotic people should be making sure Social Security is what it was inteded for. And the Senators and the rich, they don't need any more. Sick of the greed, and watching the greedy siphons wearing the American flag on their lapel, what a joke.
  • by Wayne Location: Eau Claire on Aug 14, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    Just imagine how better off these seniors would be if they had invested 15% of their earnings throughout their careers instead of the goverment confiscating ther money and wasting it.
  • by Sharon Location: Conrath on Aug 13, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    Say Anonymous, who pays the most into SS? I'm sure it's not the rich people!!!!! You probably think it's the people who retire to this country that have paid the most in. Well, here's a news flash for you--people come into this country who have never paid a penny in and get SS thanks to the Democrats. I'm so sick of you cool-aid drinkers dissing the rich people. Will you be happy when Obama and his crew have distributed the money and you get what you feel is your fair share without working for it? Get a life!!!!! I'm not rich, but I don't begrudge those that are. They produce the jobs that keep this great country going.
  • by resident on Aug 13, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    So NOW you DONT think those that have paid into social Security all those years should be able to get it?? Give me a break! They worked, paid into and yes, even though they are wealthy, it is their right to claim it. It ISNT their fault our government placed that money in to a general fund, then borrowed from it, and never repaid US!! Blame those responsible, it sure isnt the citizens.
  • by Gary Location: ec on Aug 13, 2010 at 02:14 PM
    not to worry, soon none will get ss !
  • by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2010 at 10:24 AM
    Get the wealthy off social security and it will last many more years. Tell me why a certain GOP senator gets $1900. a month in social security, when he and his wife are multi-millionaires
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