We usually don’t do birthday announcements around here but I’m going to make an exception for a dear old friend who turns 77 today.
As you’d expect with someone her age, she needs a little medical attention, but surprisingly little for someone who has been so active. You see, instead of sitting around growing old, she takes care of all of her fellow retirees, not to mention others facing a tough road, including disabled folks and kids from families who’ve lost their breadwinner (that’s how I first met her).
She’s always worked for the government, but a lot of her friends in the private sector who provided the same kind help for retirees are no longer around. And yet, despite her continued effectiveness relative to her private counterparts, some people want to take her out of the public sector and turn her guarantee of help for all comers into a risky bet on the stock market.
But with a little bit of our help, this old friend can keep doing exactly what she’s been doing for a whole lot more years.
So, Happy Birthday, Social Security! We’re really glad you’re around and we’re going to do everything we can to keep it that way.