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What Do Americans Really Think About Social Security?

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Image uploaded from a quicklink Social Security, the most popular and successful social program in U.S. history, has been under political attack almost nonstop since Ronald Reagan was elected president. And not just Social Security, but the people whose payroll taxes support it and who collect benefits after they retire. Politicians like former Senator Alan Simpson denounce the elderly as "greedy geezers." Right-wing columnist John Tierney characterizes Social Security as a siren that lures Americans into a lifestyle of "greed and sloth." People who get Social Security -- or are getting anywhere near that age -- really, really need it. And have for a long time.

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