During the Great Depression, half of America's elderly suffered in poverty. There was little in the way of a financial safety net for the poor. President Roosevelt's plan to help the nation pull out of the Great Depression was designed to help the poor and, at the same time, create employment opportunities. Franklin D. Roosevelt developed Social Security. In the Senate, Senator Robert Wagner, D-N.Y., introduced the 1935 Social Security Act. In the House of Representatives, Congressman Robert Doughton, D-N.C., introduced the bill. With full democratic control of Congress, the 1935 Social Security Act was passed in spite of conservative resistance. Ask the Tea Party if they now want to destroy Social Security?