John Kerry Delivers the Democratic Hispanic Radio Address Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Social Security Act

John Kerry delivered the Democratic Hispanic Radio Address today, marking tomorrow as the 70th anniversary of the Social Security Act being signed into law.

The following is the translation of this week’s Democratic Hispanic Radio Address delivered by Senator John Kerry.

“Hello, this is Senator John Kerry from Massachusetts.

This Sunday – August 14th – marks the 70th anniversary of the day the Social Security Act was signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Social Security has been called the most successful government program in the world because it lifted millions of seniors out of poverty.

Hispanics are less likely to have additional sources of retirement income, and therefore after a lifetime of hard work rely on Social Security to a greater extent. Without Social Security, 56 percent of Hispanics would live in poverty.

As the Ranking Member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee I am deeply concerned about the detrimental effect that President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security would have on Hispanic small businesses.

Studies have shown that the Social Security private accounts President Bush proposes would cut benefits for small business owners and employees. President Bush’s plan would likely burden small businesses with hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in administrative costs and red tape in managing the private accounts of their workers.

But the President continues to go around the country promoting a Social Security proposal that will drag America’s small businesses and their employees backward. Private accounts won’t do a thing to protect Social Security and they won’t work for small businesses.

No matter how a system of private accounts is set up, small businesses risk losing 40 percent or more of their Social Security benefits, profits and valuable time and resources under President Bush’s privatization plan.

At a time when Hispanics represent the largest minority and one of the fastest growing business group we must ensure that we work together to strengthen Social Security.

This is Senator John Kerry. Thank you for listening”

Listen to John Kerry’s Democratic Hispanic Radio Address here.

Senador de Massachussets, John Kerry, Emite el Mensaje Semanal Demócrata por Radio

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6 Responses to John Kerry Delivers the Democratic Hispanic Radio Address Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Social Security Act

  1. MH says:

    Very nice!

    Okay you Spanish speakers out there – how’d he do? I thought his pace was a little slow, like he was really working at it – but he did a lot better than I’d do with German, which is the closest I come to speaking a foreign language (and that’s not real close).

    The message was right on target, of course. And I think it shows he’s willing to work at reaching out to the Hispanic population.

  2. Noisy Democrat says:

    I thought he did a great job. I’m fairly fluent in Spanish as a 2nd language — not native –, and I thought his accent was good once he got into it; he was pronouncing slowly and carefully, but it sounded pretty good, especially in the later parts. And I thought he did a good job on the intonation (I’m an accent reduction specialist — among other things — by profession; I notice picky details like that). I’d be curious to hear what a native speaker thinks. 🙂

  3. Marjorie G says:

    Definitely not expert, and barely conversant anymore, but I thought the accent good, flow, intonation were expressive of thought and understanding. I am sure he wanted the infomation understood.

    I am told that the French press thought he sounded like a native with his fluency and command, and very tough critics. That has been a second language for most of his life.

    I took the morning off work yesterday to deliver a 70th S.S. birthday cake to a GOP congressman on the fence, and since not eaten, then to a senior center a block away. We had people cheering for SS and against privatization. Fun and worthwhile.

  4. Teresa says:

    People absolutely adore when pols speak to them in their native languages.

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  6. Teresa!!! Oh my lady, how are you? Miss you my lady. I will email you one day. I am about to go on my days on at work. Long hours, but I am on land now. Stay sweet my girl. If you don’t have my email, ask Pamela. I will email you in the time I get till then. Woohoo!! Teresa!!!!