At the time of this writing, I am exactly 1 week into my 43rd year on this earth. And because I was raised by my parents, my maternal grandmother and great-grand parents, I knew 20 years ago that the possibility of social security not being there for me at retirement, was quite high. They saw it coming back then, and made sure they didn't blow sunshine up my backside, with regards to what was to come. Today, we learned just how high that possibility really is: Link: Social Security fund slides into permanent deficit (snip) (Read the rest at the link above....) Keep in mind, FDR (remember he was liberal too) never intended for the SS program to look as it does today, nor did he ever intend for SS to be the only means of retirement income for ANY worker in this country. Check your history, and you'll find that out fast. Social Security is the "canary" in the economic "coal mine". It's been withering away for more than a few decades, and now, is finally at the point of no return without massive intervention and modification. Why? Many reasons, not the least of which is the sustained high unemployement numbers, and the fact that more people are "sucking" from the government "teet", rather than making their own way in the world. So, how do we fix it? Raise the retirement age? Maybe, but, there are those of us who are about 20yrs away from retirement at the current age limit, who'd love to see this not happen. Ok so....What else? How about offering incentives for folks who are over a certain income level NOT to take their SS funds? Of course, that would mean that a change would have to be made to the law which allows folks to opt-out of the existing mandatory participation/receipt of those funds. Ahh but....So much needs to be done with the budget, it can become quite overwhelming when one thinks about it. I'll tell you who has a good start on just what needs to be done to the budget....Rand Paul. See here: Link: A detailed look at the Rand Paul spending bill (snip) Read the rest at the 2nd link above.... Associated link: http://www.randpaul2010.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Overview-500-billion-cuts-2.pdf Now, does this have a snow ball's chance in hell of passing, even on a partial level? Prolly not. But damn...He ain't foolin'! Good on him! How's about a Paul/Christie ticket in 2012? WOOHOO!