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Protestors Celebrate the 78th Anniversary of Social Security

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Social security turns 78 years old this week. Wednesday afternoon a group of seniors cut cake and held a peaceful protest at the Bay County Government Center.

The Alliance for Retired Americans and Social Security Works held a news conference and talked about the impacts and benefits of social security in Florida.

Protestors demonstrated their strong opposition to any cuts in front of Congressman Steve Southerland's office.

"We are out here to say to Steve Southerland ,who is supposed to represent us in congress, no more cuts, no more votes to cut social security," said Barbara DeVane. "So it's a party, but we say cut the cake, not social security."

The congressman's office released this statement this afternoon in reference to the protest.  

"Rep. Southerland made a commitment to protect social security, and he's not hesitated to stand up to both parties when it's in the best interests of our seniors. The status quo has put social security on the fast track to insolvency. That's why rep. Southerland is working to preserve these treasured benefits - not just for today's seniors, but for our children and grandchildren, as well."