How Did Franklin Roosevelt Sign The Social Security Act

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In this picture taken on Aug. 14, 1935 Franklin Roosevelt is signing the Social Security Act. He did this due to the fact that people were living longer and retiring earlier. This meant that the elderly had to live in poverty after working hard for their entire life. With the age discrimination it made it hard for the elders to get a job. This meant that there were no options for them. That’s why when Dr. Francis E. Townsend advocated that all Americans over the age of 60 should retire and get a pension he gained national support. Roosevelt used his executive order to appoint the Committee on Economic Security as the basis for the 1935 Social Security Act. This act couldn’t survive on government subsidies alone it also leaned against payroll
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