1935, August 14 – FDR – Signing of Social Security Act – Closed Captioned

Today, a hope of many years’ standing is in large part fulfilled.

The civilization of the past hundred years, with its startling industrial changes, has tended more and more to make life insecure.

Young people have come to wonder what would be their lot when they came to old age.

The man with a job has wondered how long the job would last.

This Social Security measure gives at least some protection to 30 million of our citizens who will reap direct benefits through unemployment compensation, through old-age pensions, and through increased services for the protection of children and the prevention of ill health.

We can never insure 100 percent of the population against 100 percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-stricken old age.

It seems to me that if the Senate and the House of Representatives in this long and arduous session have done nothing more than pass this security bill, Social Security Act, the session would be regarded as historic for all time.

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