On Social Security's 73rd Birthday, FDR's Grandson Tells John McCain to "Keep Your Hands Off Our Social Security"
Washington, DC - On the 73rd Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act--creating a landmark program that has saved millions of Americans from poverty--the Democratic National Committee today released a new web video called "Roosevelt" that highlights the threat John McCain's radical, out of touch agenda poses to the retirement security of millions of Americans. The ad features President Roosevelt's grandson, James Roosevelt Jr., telling John McCain to "keep your hands off our Social Security."
Roosevelt notes that, when President Roosevelt created Social Security, he did so over the objection of a small conservative minority who "believed that government should not have a role in ensuring a retirement with dignity… John McCain agrees with that old way of thinking." Last month, McCain told an audience in Colorado that the way Social Security has operated for 73 years is an "absolute disgrace." He has consistently supported President Bush's reckless plan to privatize Social Security, even touring the country with the President in 2005 to promote the failed Bush plan. McCain even voted to raise the retirement age.
Roosevelt concludes the video by saying "On the 70th anniversary of Social Security, Americans stood together and said no to George Bush's attempt to privatize Social Security. On this anniversary, let's make sure John McCain hears the same message. Tell John McCain to keep his hands off of our Social Security."
To watch the video, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L24eLUdT6bc
The following is a full script:
DNC Web Video:
"It's hard to remember now, but before Social Security, nearly half of America's seniors lived in poverty. After a lifetime of playing by the rules and working hard, there was no guarantee of a secure retirement.
"My grandfather, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and a majority of Americans thought that was wrong.
"They believed that lifting our seniors out of poverty is a reflection of our nation's core values.
"That's why my grandfather signed the Social Security act seventy three years ago today. One of the great successes of the 20th Century, today Social Security lifts nearly 13 million seniors and 1.3 million children out of poverty.
"Back in 1935, a small minority did not share those values. They opposed the creation of Social Security because they believed that government should not have a role in ensuring a retirement with dignity or helping seniors stay out of poverty. They said, "You're on your own".
"John McCain agrees with that old way of thinking. Like President Bush, he wants to privatize our Social Security, turning it into a gamble with our futures, and making 8.6 million American seniors vulnerable to poverty. John McCain has even said Social Security is "a disgrace".
"I couldn't disagree more.
"Our Social Security isn't a disgrace; it's a compact, a trust between generations of Americans. It's a reflection of our values.
"On the 70th anniversary of Social Security, Americans stood together and said no to George Bush's attempt to privatize Social Security.
"On this anniversary, let's make sure John McCain hears the same message. Tell John McCain to keep his hands off of our Social Security."