How Older Americans Got By Before Social Security

How Did Older Americans Get By Before Social Security?
Spoiler alert: It wasn’t pretty

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How Did Older Americans Get By Before Social Security?

To appreciate what Social Security provides for older Americans, it’s useful to look back at the ways seniors built a nest egg — or, more accurately, how most of them didn’t — before the program was put in place in 1935 to help the country recover from the Great Depression.

So how did older Americans get by? Website Gobankingrates.com<nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FGobankingrates.com&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cd1acde0d974f47a439ed08d5b112d8a8%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636609616848961738&sdata=…> compiled a list of 16 things that served as a safety net for seniors before Social Security, though “safety net” doesn’t really apply to many of the options, which include panhandling, moving into almshouses or poorhouses, or simply dying impoverished, which was the fate that befell 1 in every 2 older Americans in the years after the 1929 stock market crash.

Among the most “reliable” resources were pension plans, though as of 1932 only 15 percent of American companies offered employees such an option. State pensions were available for the lucky few government workers; by 1935 about 3 percent of elderly Americans were receiving those benefits. And in the years after the Civil War, those injured during military service received pensions. By the early years of the 20th century, less than 1 percent of the U.S. population was still benefiting from those.

Annuities gained popularity in the years before the Depression, as the practice of large, extended families providing a safety net for elder members diminished. And savings accounts were useful to some, too, though banks weren’t as trusted or as regulated. Thus, the old cliche of stuffing money into a mattress wasn’t an outlandish or impractical notion — often, it was the most practical option, at least for the few seniors who had cash on hand. Some seniors relied on help from church congregations and neighbors to stay afloat. A few had investments that survived the crash.

It’s safe to say that Social Security was one of the most important federal programs for America’s older workers, and recent studies provide confirmation: A 2016 report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showed that Social Security benefits lifted more than 22 million Americans above the poverty line the previous year. The study estimated that without Social Security, more than 40 percent of seniors in American would be living at or below the poverty level.

It’s time for better representation in WA

March16, 2018
McDevitt For Congress
Putting People First … in WA 3rd Congressional District

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Campaign Update

It’s time for better representation here in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.
People are telling us they want Healthcare Security for All, Living incomes, and a clean environment.
David is the best poised to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District because he has the education, skills, background to deliver and get the job done.
We can achieve our goal of giving Jaime Herrera Beutler a new career opportunity by electing McDevitt For Congress.
Can you help us with our current financial goal? I need friends like you to join our team with a contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more today!
Can I count on you?
Sincerely, DAVID MCDEVITT

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Pacific County CRAB FEED – March 31st

Democrats of Pacific County are hosting the 93rd Annual Democrats of Pacific County CRAB FEED! This is the longest running Democratic event in the State.

Listen to Candidates running for Congress, State Representatives, County Commissioners, County Prosecutor, and other hot races in the state.

Come meet and listen to all 3 democratic candidates running against Jaime Herrera Beutler for Congress. It is imperative that we replace Jaime Herrera Beutler with someone that has the people of SW always on their minds and who will best represent the 3rd Congressional District.

Eat lots of local crab, drink local beer, socialize and let’s make change happen.

Tickets are $40.00.
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Upcoming March & April Town Halls

You can Believe: Conor Lamb scored a major democratic victory for Pennsylvanians in Trump country, and we can in Washington’s too. Jaime Herrera Beutler has been in office for eight agonizing years and it is time for her to go!

People across our nation are demonstrating that no Republican district is safe.

Here in southwestern Washington, I am running for the second time to win and take back another House seat.

2018 is going to be a massive blue wave across the nation! We are in battle with Jaime and her $515k war chest; We are only just beginning! We will make it all the way to the general election, yet, it will require major help from our supporters. Our team has an achievable goal of starting 2000 small recurring donations by the March 31st end-of-quarter deadline. I know it’s going to take a lot of us, and am confident we can do this. Winning requires that we each risk something, and it is certain that the support of many is required. Will you do without some small comfort and make a sacrifice by donating monthly to the campaign?
Contribute to the campaign at www.tinyurl.com/DonateMcDevitt
LIKE our page at www.FB.com/VoteMcDevitt

One of the ways we are PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST is holding interactive Town Halls / listening sessions for all members of the community to discuss Federal issues of importance. The events rely on you and we look forward to you participating. Please RSVP.

Come with your questions, concerns, and ideas about issues of Wages, Social Security, Healthcare, Military Spending, Transportation and Infrastructure, Environment, and more.

In the meantime, if you have any questions feel free to email or call us. Our email is info@mcdevittforcongress.com and our phone is (360)450-7945.

The more broadly you share our events to groups, the more diversified our events will become. On the event page, under share, please INVITE others.

March 20 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM Tuesday
Town Hall w/ David McDevitt (Kalama, Cowlitz) #46
Kalama, Washington (320 N 1st St, North Meeting Room Door)
www.facebook.com/events/210807989468943/

March 29 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM Thursday
Town Hall w/ David McDevitt (Battle Ground, Clark) #47
Battle Ground Community Library
1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, Washington 98604
www.facebook.com/events/202393733648005/

April 6 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM Friday
Town Hall w/ David McDevitt (Goldendale, Klickitat) #48
Goldendale Community Library
131 W Burgen St, Goldendale, Washington 98620
www.facebook.com/events/2030232077251067/


April 7 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM Saturday
Town Hall w/ David McDevitt (Vancouver, Clark) #49
Cascade Park Community Library
600 Northeast 136th Avenue, Vancouver, Washington 98684
www.facebook.com/events/1008065672674303/

April 10 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM Tuesday
Town Hall w/ David McDevitt (Camas, Clark) #50
Camas Public Library
625 NE 4th Ave, Camas, Washington 98607
www.facebook.com/events/582304662122675/

April 17 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM Tuesday
Town Hall w/ David McDevitt (White Salmon, Klickitat) #51
White Salmon Valley Community Library
77 NE Wauna Ave, White Salmon, Washington 98672
www.facebook.com/events/205158990071335/

April 21 at 9:30 AM – 11 AM Saturday
Town Hall w/ David McDevitt (Skamokawa, Wahkiakum) #52
The Duck Inn
1377 W State Route 4, Skamokawa, Washington 98647
www.facebook.com/events/335068147016776/

April 21 at 1:30 PM – 3 PM Saturday (2nd Same Day)
Town Hall w/ David McDevitt (Centralia, Lewis) #53
Centralia Timberland Library
110 S Silver St, Centralia, Washington 98531
www.facebook.com/events/526545061072770/

April 23 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM Monday
Town Hall w/ David McDevitt (Battle Ground, Clark) #54
Battle Ground Community Library
1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, Washington 98604
www.facebook.com/events/136463643851026/

April 25 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM Wednesday
Town Hall w/ David McDevitt (Longview, Cowlitz) #55
Longview Public Library
1600 Louisiana St, Longview, Washington 98632
www.facebook.com/events/2023335314594855/

We will be adding events for May. STAY TUNED!

In the meantime, check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel:
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McDevitt For Congress has New Features

First, we have a YouTube Channel. We’d like to ask that you subscribe because the bulk of our posts of videos will be on YouTube, though we will put some on the Website and on Facebook. The link to the channel is: www.youtube.com/channel/UCPwPuLUmbO2ASQqFzFZSIDg We have added a page for VIDEO’s on the Website.

Second, We are committed to holding a total of 80+ Town Hall events by July 31st. As we book the events, we will add them to the NEW RSVP page drop-down. Be sure to sign up for an upcoming Town Hall! PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST means listening to you!

Third, we have just added an ability for you to request a YARD SIGN. We will be distributing YARD SIGNS soon, so be sure to sign up!

By uniting and PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST, We will WIN against JHB!

Our Campaign is Growing!


Our Campaign is GROWING!

JHB has $515K (12/31) cash on hand, up from $452K (9/30). Increase +$63K.

We have $309K (12/31) cash on hand, up from $207K (9/30). Increase +$102K.

We want to earn your contribution and support by PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST.

We’ve added a Video page and an RSVP page to our website.

Check out the RSVP page at bit.ly/DMM-RSVP and attend a future event.

We are GROWING our Volunteer Team, and recently held an all-hands meeting!

David is contributing significant funds to achieve YOUR GOAL to REPLACE JHB.

We believe we can WIN this race with contributions from You.

Please consider a contribution TODAY at bit.ly/DonateMcDevitt

** David is a U.S. Army Veteran, former University Instructor, Finance Professional, and licensed Attorney.

Radio with Mike Delasandro, Jeff Angelo, and John Oberg

Recorded January 13th, 2018

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Upcoming FEBRUARY Town Halls

This one of the ways we are PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST! We are holding a meet & greet Town Hall and listening session for all members of the community to discuss Federal issues of importance to the 3rd Congressional District.

We hold our Town Hall meetings to LISTEN to the residents of the 3rd Congressional District; This is an interactive event that relies on you and we’d love to have your participation in having QUALITY discussions. Please RSVP!

Come with your questions and concerns about issues of Wages, Social Security, Healthcare, Military Spending, Transportation and Infrastructure, Environment, and more. Prepare with your questions!

In the meantime, if you have any questions feel free to email or call us! Our email is info@mcdevittforcongress.com and our phone is (360)450-7945.

Please Share the event broadly and Share to the groups that you are members of! On the event page, under share, please INVITE others!

LIKE our page at FB.com/VoteMcDevitt
Contribute to the campaign at tinyurl.com/DonateMcDevitt

JAN 27
Town Hall (Clark) with David McDevitt
Saturday, January 27 at 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Cascade Park Community Library
600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, Washington 98684
www.facebook.com/events/200320390531546/

FEB 1
Town Hall (Battleground Clark County) with David McDevitt
Thursday, February 1 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
21609 NE 72nd Ave, Battle Ground, WA 98604-5228
www.facebook.com/events/2026096834068880/

FEB17
Community Town Hall (Centralia, Lewis County)
Saturday, February 17 at 10 AM – 12 PM
110 S Silver St, Centralia, WA 98531-4218, United States
www.facebook.com/events/264628707405162/

FEB23
Community Town Hall (Raymond/South Bend – Pacific County)
Friday, February 23 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Pacific County Courthouse Annex
1216 W Robert Bush Dr, South Bend, Washington 98586
www.facebook.com/events/156410268252325/

FEB24
Community Town Hall (LongBeach Pacific County)
Saturday, February 24 at 1 PM – 3 PM
Pacific County Administration Facility
7013 Sandridge Rd Ste 1, Long Beach, Washington 98631
www.facebook.com/events/431063027332179/

FEB27
Community Town Hall (Three Creeks Library, Clark)
Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Three Creeks Community Library
800 NE Tenney Rd Bldg C, Vancouver, Washington 98685
www.facebook.com/events/543804286005953/

We will be adding events in March. STAY TUNED!

In the meantime, check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCPwPuLUmbO2ASQqFzFZSIDg

MLK Day 2018

On this MLK Day 2018, it is important to remember that we must stand in solidarity with the sentiment of Martin Luther King Jr. every day of the year.
In his “I have a dream” speech, and his life’s work, Dr. King called for an end to racism and the achievement of civil and economic rights.
Though some measures of social integration have been achieved, we have so much more to improve. People of all cultural backgrounds must have not only the opportunity but the right to living wages, quality healthcare, education, housing, safety net benefits, transportation, a clean environment, and personal safety.
We must each demand these things for all people, in the spirit of Dr. King. His dedication to the defense of poor people everywhere is a model for how we must build an economy for the 99% today.
Please join me in Putting People First because achieving equity and justice for all is absolutely needed to end the era of bigotry and fear mongering!


P.s. This is a lesser-known speech of MLK that is relevant now and very important. I wanted to share it with you today in hope that you have the opportunity to listen and are inspired by the shared fight for social justice:
www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkivebeentothemountaintop.htm

Upcoming JANUARY Town Halls

This one of the ways we are PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST! We are holding a meet & greet Town Hall and listening session for all members of the community to discuss Federal issues of importance to the 3rd Congressional District.

We hold our Town Hall meetings to LISTEN to the residents of the 3rd Congressional District; This is an interactive event that relies on you and we’d love to have your participation in having QUALITY discussions. Please RSVP, we are going to bring Pizza and water to share!

Come with your questions and concerns about issues of Wages, Social Security, Healthcare, Military Spending, Transportation and Infrastructure, Environment, and more. Prepare with your questions!

Please Share the event broadly and Share to the groups that you are members of! On the event page, under share, please INVITE others!

LIKE our page at FB.com/VoteMcDevitt
Contribute to the campaign at tinyurl.com/DonateMcDevitt

JAN 9
Town Hall (Camas, Clark County) with David McDevitt
Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Camas Public Library
625 NE 4th Ave, Camas, Washington 98607

JAN 18
Town Hall (Skamokawa, Wahkiakum County) with David McDevitt
Thursday, January 18 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
The Duck Inn (Skamokawa)

JAN 24
Town Hall (Longview, Cowlitz) with David McDevitt
Wednesday, January 24 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Longview Public Library
1600 Louisiana St, Longview, Washington 98632

JAN 27
Town Hall (Clark) with David McDevitt
Saturday, January 27 at 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Cascade Park Community Library
600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, Washington 98684

FEB 1
Town Hall (Battleground Clark County) with David McDevitt
Thursday, February 1 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
21609 NE 72nd Ave, Battle Ground, WA 98604-5228

We will be adding events in February. STAY TUNED!

In the meantime, check out our YouTube channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCPwPuLUmbO2ASQqFzFZSIDg

Upcoming DECEMBER Town Halls

We are holding a meet & greet Town Hall and listening session for all members of the community to discuss Federal issues of importance to the 3rd Congressional District.

We hold our Town Hall meetings to LISTEN to the residents of the 3rd Congressional District; This is an interactive event that relies on you and we’d love to have your participation in having QUALITY discussions. Please RSVP, we are going to bring Pizza and water to share!

Come with your questions and concerns about issues of Wages, Social Security, Healthcare, Military Spending, Transportation and Infrastructure, Environment, and more. Prepare with your questions!

Please Share the event broadly and Share to the groups that you are members of! On the event page, under share, please INVITE others!

If you are willing to phonebank to make personal invitations to attend, please email sallyhart@mcdevittforcongress.com

LIKE our page at FB.com/McDevittMBAJD
Contribute to the campaign at tinyurl.com/DonateMcDevitt

DEC 4 #30 Community Town Hall (Three Creeks Library, Clark)
Monday, December 4 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Three Creeks Community Library
800 NE Tenney Rd Bldg C,
Vancouver, Washington 98685

DEC 13 #31 Community Town Hall (Longview Library, Cowlitz)
Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Longview Public Library 1600 Lousiana St,
Longview Washington 98632

DEC 14 #32 Community Town Hall (Chehalis Fire Station, Lewis)
Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Chehalis Fire Station Training Room
2123 Jackson Highway,
Chehalis, Washington 98532

Healthcare is a HUMAN Right

Healthcare is a HUMAN Right.  This video presents an idea to grant ALL Americans the ability to RECEIVE Healthcare without fear of financial consequences or bankruptcy.

Upcoming NOVEMBER Town Halls

We are holding a meet & greet Town Hall and listening session for all members of the community to discuss Federal issues of importance to the 3rd Congressional District.

Come with your questions and concerns about issues of Wages, Social Security, Healthcare, Military Spending, Transportation and Infrastructure, Environment, and more. Prepare with your questions!

Please Share the event broadly and Share to the groups that you are members of! On the event page, under share, please INVITE others!

If you are willing to phonebank to make personal invitations to attend, please email sallyhart@mcdevittforcongress.com

LIKE our page at FB.com/McDevittMBAJD
Contribute to the campaign at tinyurl.com/DonateMcDevitt

Nov 3 Community Town Hall (White Salmon, Klickitat)
Friday, November 3 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
White Salmon Valley Community Library
77 NE Wauna Ave, White Salmon, Washington 98672

NOV 8 Community Town Hall (Goldendale, Klickitat)
Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Goldendale Community Library
131 W Burgen St, Goldendale, Washington 98620

NOV 14 Community Town Hall (Ridgefield, Clark County)
Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
911 N 65th Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642-7725, United States

NOV 27 Community Town Hall (Stevenson, Skamania County)
Monday, November 27 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Stevenson Community Library
120 NW Vancouver Ave, Stevenson, WA 98648-6446, United States

DEC 4 Community Town Hall (Three Creeks Library, Clark)
Monday, December 4 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Three Creeks Community Library
800 NE Tenney Rd Bldg C, Vancouver, Washington 98685