April 27, 2005

Obama on Bush Social Security Privatization

Sen. Barack Obama...
Obama talked about the origins of Social Security as a safety net for retirees who had nothing. It was intended to be the minimum, not the maximum, and never to take the place of regular savings and other investments. It was a way, said Obama, for people to share -- and minimize -- risk.

"Since Social Security was first signed in to law, almost 70 years ago, by James' grandfather, at a time when FDR's opponents were calling it a hoax that would never work and that some likened to communism,'' said Obama, "there has been movement, there has been movement after movement, to get rid of the program for purely ideological reasons.

"Because some still believe that we can't solve the problems we face as one American community, they think this country works better when we're left to face fate by ourselves.''

The irony, said Obama, of this "all-out assault against every existing form of social insurance is that these safety nets are exactly what encourages each of us to be risk-takers, what encourages entrepreneurship, what allows us to pursue our individual ambitions.''
Conservatives wanted to destroy Social Security ever since FDR sign it into law, liberals and the Democratic Party are the protector of Social Security.


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