Many connections to UW
Social Security "was basically invented" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; "that's where Franklin Roosevelt got the idea."
— Politifact Wisconsin on Friday, December 16th, 2016
Life expectancy was 62 back then
"We adopted the modern Social Security system at a time when the average person died before they were old enough to get Social Security."
— Politifact Virginia on Monday, December 12th, 2016
Taxation without legalization
"Undocumented immigrants pay $12 billion of taxes every single year."
— Politifact PunditFact on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
An audit shows "there are 6.5 million people who have active Social Security numbers who are 112 years of age or older,"
— Politifact Virginia on Monday, May 11th, 2015
Your benefits are at the mercy of Congress
Says the U.S. Supreme Court found that "Social Security is not guaranteed."
— Politifact Florida on Friday, February 28th, 2014
Doomsday? No, but he’s right
"The Social Security disability fund is going belly up in 2016."
— Politifact Ohio on Monday, April 15th, 2013
When times are bad, SSDI filings go up
In June 2012 "we actually had more people go on Social Security Disability [85,000] ... than the 80,000 jobs that were created."
— Politifact Rhode Island on Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Plan works, but some better off with Social Security
"In Galveston, Texas, they have allowed people to privatize part of their Social Security. And people are building wealth."
— Politifact Virginia on Friday, June 8th, 2012
No doubt about it
"In 1950, the average American lived for 68 years and 16 workers supported one retiree. Today, the average life expectancy is 78 and three workers support one retiree."
— Politifact Virginia on Friday, March 16th, 2012
When it comes to federal spending, Schrader’s meaning eclipses his choice of words.
In just a few decades, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, other mandatory spending programs, and paying interest due on the debt will eclipse our entire budget.
— Politifact Oregon on Friday, February 3rd, 2012
There's a reason it's called a 'boom'
"We have 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day."
— Politifact Ohio on Monday, September 26th, 2011
Tough talk straight from Perry's book
"In writing his book, Gov. Perry pointed out that … by any measure Social Security has been a failure."
— Politifact National on Monday, September 12th, 2011
Simple stat exposes Social Security's problems
"When Social Security first started, there was 16 workers for every retiree. Today there are three workers for every retiree and soon there will be only two for every retiree."
— Politifact Florida on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
Ryan's proposals kick in later
Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal cuts "nothing" from Medicare, Social Security or defense in the next two to three years, and "in three years, he does not cut one dime from the debt."
— Politifact National on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
The silver tsunami cometh
"You’ve got each day 10,000 new seniors, baby boomers, becoming eligible for the entitlement programs."
— Politifact Virginia on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Defense, entitlements, interest payments are too big to allow it
The federal government "can cut all of the non-military discretionary spending and not balance the budget."
— Politifact National on Thursday, February 17th, 2011
We graded this in red ink
The United states is "borrowing more than 40 cents of every dollar we spend."
— Politifact Virginia on Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Some striking similarities
"When Social Security was passed, there were all kinds of lawsuits," just as there have been in the legal battle over the new health care law.
— Politifact National on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
There's a reason they called it the Great Depression
"In 1935, more than 50% of the elderly population lived in poverty. Today that poverty rate stands officially at 9.4%."
— Politifact National on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
She gets it right
"We spend three times more on entitlements and debt services than we do on defense."
— Politifact National on Friday, July 9th, 2010