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, October 13, 1994 , Scout Pack 437 Den I rots Visit Newpaper Office Boy sco Pack 437 Den 1, visited The Clarendon News, Tuesday, October 4, 1994. The boys are working on their Physical Fitness Communicators badge. Those who attended were: Bryan Me- Michael Newhouse, Adam Hix, Chuck Robertson, Greg Tamplen, aylor Shelton, Lisle Rowland, Jordan Zehr, Cody Martin, Jacob and Cameron Word. Den leaders are Terry Tamplen and Security Tunbet, Sodni Semrity ' at Amarillo THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Act on August 14, 1935, characterized it as a building which is by, no means complete. His words were prophetic. Since then, the Social Act has been amended many times. Some changes ex- :tended coverage, others added programs, and other changes gram. The law Roosevelt signed in 1935 covered a limited number of Workers in commerce and in- Today, more than 9 out of workers are covered and benefits are being paid to one out r six persons in the population. are retired and disabled Workers and their families, and the families of deceased workers. Today's textbooks devote relatively few pages to the passage of what was undoubtedly one of the most far reaching pieces of in American history. the signing of the Act, the eral government was for the t time assuming a role in the economic security of the in- 41vidual. It was an admission that, in an industrialized society, a Worker may no longer be capable of independent serf-support and is dependent on many factors out- tide of his or her control. His- torian Arthur Schlesinger escrtbed the times in his book, Age of Roosevelt." "The Depression had an even ore devastating impact on the among estimated at 30 Fewer than 18 persons hundred were revered by were bankrupt. Many institutions had folded, so get their savings. and charities found it a heavy burden to provide for elderly. But what could they Against this backdrop, a ttrong federal role seemed im- Perative. The law Roosevelt signed established two social in- surance programs on a national scale to meet the problems of old- age and unemployment: a federal system of old-age benefits for retired workers who had been employed in industry and com- merce; and a federal-state system of unemployment insurance. Old- age and unemployment were the natural priorities to be covered: the depression had wiped out much of the lifetime savings of the aged and had reduced oppor- tunities for gainful employment. The Social Security Act also provided for federal grants-in-aid to the States to help them give financial assistance to three groups of needy persons- the aged, the blind, and dependent children. It established other federal grants to enable States to extend and strengthen maternal and child health services for crippled ..... children, and child welfare ser- vices. The retirement, survivors, and disability program of con- tributory social insurance is what has become known as the Social Security program. In 1939, a year before the first benefits were paid, the law was changed to extend coverage to de- pendents of retired workers and established the survivors in- surance program for survivors of deceased workers. These provisions had been under development when the first act was signed, and established the con- cept of family protection that was to become characteristic of the growth of the program over the years. Weather Day Date Hi Lo Prec Moa 03 8g 51 'me 0491 $1 Wed 058257.03 Thu 06 g7 62 IM 078658 Sat 0g 61 48 .11 Sun 097534 Total for month A4 Total for year 13.68 gb (lartubon te Over the next two decades, program coverage expanded rapidly. Coverage was expanded in the 1950's to include most jobs in the economy. In 1956, the dis- ability insurance program was signed, recognizing the "forced retirement" of the disabled worker. The next major program change came in 1965 with the pas- sage of the Medicare program. It had become clear that for the elderly, the cost of health care was the number one enemy. It depleted income and savings and eroded whatever financial security the So- cial Security benefits provided. Medicare initially provided protection for people 65 and over. It includes tow parts --Part A for hospital bills and Part B for doctor bills and other bills not paid under the hospital insurance coverage. In 1972, Medicare coverage was ex- tended to people receiving dis- ability benefits for two years or more. Also in 1972, two other changes occurred that resulted in the Social Security program much as we know it today. First, the benefit formula was changed to provide automatic cost-of-living increases to help benefits resist in- flation. The idea was to take the program out of the realm of politics by making unnecessary the periodic increases the Congress was forced to legislate and to pro- vide greater security for beneficiaries. A second change transferred the State adult assis- tance programs under the Social Security Act for the aged, blind, and disabled to the federal level, administered by the Social Security Administration. A new program was created--"Sup- plemental Security Income"-- or SSI. SSI payments were designed to provide a nationwide, uniform, floor of income protection for aged, blind and disabled persons with limited income and resour- ces. The SSI program is financed from federal general revenues, not from Social Security payroll taxes. Since 1972, amendments to the program have mostly been designed to strengthen its financ- ing in the long term. The benefit formula was changed in 1977 be- cause benefits were being over-ad- justed for inflation, and the sol- vency of the Social Security pro- gram was threatened. In 1983, the Congress implemented recom-.. mendations of a bipartisan Social Security Commission to strengthen the program to pay benefits into the far future. Since then the trust fund reserves have steadily increased and are ex- pected to help pay benefits in the next century when the baby boomers are ready to retire. It is this record of surviving and adapting to changes that makes us feel confident that Social Security will adapt to meet future changes. Through it all, however, its basic structure is expected to remain. Letter To The Editor Not to the editor, but to the people Whwen I was a boy here and cut to school we were taught that we had a government Of the People, By the People, and For the People. We no longer have that. What we have now is a government of the Pofiticians, by the Politicians, and for the Politicians. They have no thought for the people but for themselves. They give themselves raises, not by a vote of the people but because they have found that it can be done. To them the people are too dumb to understand and so they do as they please. The courts sentence a man to 10 years, so they let him out in 10 months. It is alright to steal, to use dope, to destroy, because it isn't their fault. They'see the politicians steal, lie, use dope, cheat and noth- hag is done so they can do it too. At first we had a President that could not tell a lie. Now they can't tell the truth. The founder of the Country did not do it to see how much they could take out, but how much they could give. Washington, Jefferson, Ben Franklin used their money to get this nation started. f Hedley Senior Citizens Menu  October 13-19 Thursday- Mexican Cas- serole, Spanish Rice, Toss Salad, Baked Apple, Chips or Crackers, Milk, Tea, Coffee. Friday- Beef Stew w/Carrots, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Onions, Celery, Peas, Macaroni Salad, Plum Cobbler, Corn Muffin, Milk, Tea, Coffee. Monday- Oven Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Waldorf Salad, Butterscotch Pudding, Roll, Milk, Tea, Cof- fee. Tuesday- Roast Beef, Baked Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Jelled Fruit, Cake w/Choeolate Topping, Wheat Roll, Milk, Tea, Coffee. Wednesday- Steak & Gravy, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Peas, Carrot Raisin Salad, Pumpkin Pie, Roll, Milk, Tea, Salad. Calendar of Events 'I'nursday- Games 1-3 p.m., Dance Practice 7 p.m., Friday- Games 1-3 p.m., Games 7 p.m., Monday- Games 1-3 p.m., Musical 7 p.m., Tuesday- Blood Pressure 1 p.m, Games i-3 p.m., Games 7p.m. ,. j Burger Combo Deals! *1.99 Hungr-Buster* Combo Our/,-lb.* burger, flSes and a drink. Hungr-Buster00 Jr. Combo Our -lb. t burger, fries and a drink. On Sale at Dairy Queen* October 3- ! 6, 1994. @Flog TM Am. O.O. Co m. "Reg. TM Tx. D,Q. 010. Court. OTx D,O. Op. Court. Tro-cooked we,,ght. At parlicipatlng Liry (Jeen stores, Beltbuster' Combo Our -Ib.* burger, fries and a drink. They didn't try to see how much they could make out of it. Now we have President Hil- lary and Slick Willy wanting to change this [to] a Socialist Govern- ment. With the help of some of those in office and without us stop- ping them they will do it. Do you want to be ruled by the world government? Do you want to be told what to do by someone in England, France, or Russia? This is what they want. Next will come another Hitler. Be careful people, get out and vote and let us get back a Government of the People. Cleo Russell P.S. Have found out that loaning something is like throwing it away?. I loaned a trailer to a man. I visited with him in the hospital andwe talked about it. On his death it vanished. I loaned a tape by the Reverend James Oaiga. It vanished. Fun is like life insurance: the older you get, the more it costs. --Kin ttubbard Page 7 The Clarendon News welcomes letters to the editor. Letters are aa Important forum for airinll opinions. But the paper is not responsible for their coatent. Letters express the opinions of the writers. The newspaper does not necessarily agree or dlhtagr with any letter, nor does it vouch for the accuracy of any statement in any letter. Clarendon Auto Supply 114 S. 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