Scottie I agree with you on principle, but we who can read know the Liberals and the republicans both started reaching in to the SS pie way back in the 60's. If it had not been used for other than what it was intended it would still be short, but not nearly as short. In fact if our elected servants had done their job instead of just securing their elective base 24/7, a few small adjustments to deductions could have been made over the last 60 years. I am 71 and do know how to read, write and do math. Schools in the 40's and 50's really did teach the three R's plus History and Civics. There was no bell curve and no, " No one left behind" rule. I knew many kids who took the same grade over. Some never graduated. Such is Life.