The SS system if run as originally set up would be solvent. So many changes of people who can benefit from the fund has been a big part of the solvency. Somehow in the last 3 or 4 years, illegal or New immigrants, Who haven't paid into it are drawing from it. I know of families with children who fake some kind of mental illness, to draw from it, who never had a job. They draw it, And are out playing around. Lyndon Johnson, Was the first to draw from it for his " Great Society." IOU's were given. Never paid back. If the SS Funds had been invested, even in interest bearing Savings accounts or Gov. Bonds, It wouldn't be in trouble.Politicians ( Both Parties ) can't keep their hands off of it.