Day 149: Sarah, 10th Grader

[ By on May 28, 2013 ]

Today in history class we focused on Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great Depression. After the stock market crashed in 1929, unemployment in the United States rose tremendously. With more people out of work, fewer people were buying goods, and businesses that were still running fared even worse. With the New Deal, Roosevelt planned to decrease unemployment rates by having the government employ citizens to build infrastructure, such as the Hoover Dam. In addition, Roosevelt created our Social Security system that is still in place today.

A good portion of our class discussion was focused on current debates about Social Security and whether the age at which one can begin to receive Social Security should be increased to take into account the fact that people now have a longer life expectancy, we are in a lot of debt, and the Baby Boomers are starting to reach the age of 65. Some people believed the age should be raised, but then our teacher Profe Epstein made the point that this hurts the lower classes who need the money at 65 and even earlier.  It was an interesting discussion and a good way to put into perspective how much Roosevelt’s actions still affect us today.

Sarah enjoys playing sports, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

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