I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read Democratic nominee for US Senate Tim Kaine’s joyful yearning for 1935.
Kaine was beaming with pride in his historical reflection of what was enacted on this date 77 years ago, using the term “77 years” repeatedly in his press release.
“This week, we celebrate the anniversary of one of the most successful programs to ever be enacted” applauding “When Social Security was signed into law.” (Kaine)
Tim Kaine wants to party like it’s 1935!
Except one problem.
On this date 77 years ago, the program as enacted systematically EXCLUDED most women and minorities and preserved virtually all benefits for WHITE MEN!
And Tim Kaine applauds it.
From the History of Social Security:
In the beginning, most women and minorities were excluded from the benefits of Social Security. Job categories that were not covered by the act included workers in agricultural labor, domestic service, government employees, and many teachers, nurses, hospital employees, librarians, and social workers. The act also denied coverage to individuals who worked intermittently. In its early days, these exclusions exempted nearly half of the working population from benefiting from Social Security.
That’s what Tim Kaine is applauding today. August 14th, 1935, the Democrats passed a program that discriminated against nurses, teachers, domestic workers, librarians, farmers, and definitely spouses of those who did work.
Most likely, if you were a woman in 1935, the Social Security law that the Democrats passed on August 14th, 1935 EXCLUDED you.
And Tim Kaine is applauding.
And according to how they decided whom was eligible, most minorities didn’t qualify.
Clap, Timmy, clap.
You’re the one that’s celebrating today.
Most of us would rather celebrate freedom where government doesn’t decide whether you “qualify.”