SS should go away, not be means tested. After all, you penalize those who actually plan for their retirement by implementing means testing, and take away the incentive to save at all. Nope, means testing is BS. Either you get rid of SS or call it what it really is: welfare. Having a separate outlay for SS and pretending it goes into a SS "fund" is the essence of Orwellian theory. FICA is simply a tax by another name. Remember SS failed to pass congress many times before FDR came up with a name that sounded good. After all, who wouldn't like "social SECURITY?"
For much of the past few generations, the debate over balancing the federal budget has been a central feature of every presidential campaign. But over time, the goalposts have moved. As the amount of red ink has grown steadily larger, the suggested time frames to restore balance have gotten increasingly longer, while the suggested cuts in government spending have gotten increasingly shallower. In recent years, talk of balancing the budget gave way to vague promises such as "cutting the deficit in half in five years." In the current campaign, however, it appears as if the goalposts have been moved so far...
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