Robert M. Ball, former Commissioner of Social Security dies…

Robert M. Ball, 93, commissioner of Social Security under three presidents who was a major player in virtually every development of the old-age and disability insurance field for the past 60 years, died of congestive heart failure January 29 2008.

Mr. Ball was described by American Scholar magazine in 2005 as Social Security’s “biggest thinker, longest-serving commissioner and undisputed spiritual leader . . . . Social Security’s chief advocate and defender.”

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The Beginning of Social Security

The Social Security program began in 1935 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill into law. This post includes a photo of the bill signing ceremony and a YouTube video so you can listen to FDR’s remarks that day.

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President Eisenhower on Social Security

President Eisenhower wrote a letter to his brother Edgar on November 8, 1954, and said this about Social Security;

Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.

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