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John F. Kennedy on Social Security


1962: Increased minimum wage and Social Security benefits

By 1962, the record of Kennedy's relations with Congress was fairly unimpressive. Some administration proposals had been welcomed , including the Peace Corps, the Alliance for Progress, the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, a speedup in the space program, a minimum-wage increase, and increases in Social Security benefits.

On the whole, however, the 87th Congress, despite its Democratic control, was unresponsive to the president. Kennedy got just 44% of his legislative requests in 1962.

Source: A Question of Character, by Thomas Reeves, p.328 , Dec 10, 1997

Put medical care for the aged under Social Security

NIXON: As we consider this problem of unemployment, we have to realize where it is. In analyzing the figures we will find that our unemployment exists among the older citizens; it exists also among those who are inadequately trained; that is, those who do not have an adequate opportunity for education. It also exists among minority groups. If we're going to combat unemployment, then, we have to do a better job in these areas. That's why I have a program for education, a program in the case of equal job opportunities, and one that would also deal with our older citizens.

KENNEDY: Mr. Nixon mentioned the problem of our older citizens. I cannot still understand why this Administration and Mr. Nixon oppose putting medical care for the aged under Social Security to give them some security.

Source: The Second Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate , Oct 7, 1960

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