I don't consider SS an entitlement. I have been working for 43 years and paying into a system that funnels the money from me to someone who hasn't worked a day in her life. For her, it is an entitlement, but I've earned every cent that I paid into that ponzi scheme. If SS had been a voluntary program, I would have instead put my money into my 401(k). At least then I would have a chance of being able to collect on my "contributions."