It was for $22.54, that first Social Security check, issued 72 years ago today -- January 31, 1940 -- to Ida May Fuller. It was check number 00-000-001. It was a long time ago, as time is reckoned here.
Some anniversary, some birthday. Leave it to Republicans, it'll be a "Birthday Bash," all right -- just leave out the "Birthday."
If Republicans have their way, the agency will become a privatized corporation. Those of us who have experienced less-than-humane treatment at the hands of health insurance companies, for example, those beacons of private, for-profit enterprises, know that profit must, will, and does occur no matter what -- no matter who's hurt.