When Social Security was instituted in America, it was supposed to provide a safety net for older people, so they wouldn't starve to death in old age. Then, it was expanded to cover people with disabilities for many of the same reasons. Let me make this perfectly clear! No person draws Social Security or Disability/Social security without having PAID into the trust fund. Even the children who are due payments from the trust fund are qualified by having a dead parent who paid into the trust fund when they were alive. At the present time, there are about 50 million recipients of the Social Security Trust Fund. That is approximately 17 percent of the total population of the United States.
When the people who are supposed to be representing us in Washington, D.C. start to talk about Social Security and Medicare as entitlement programs that need to be "reformed" they piss me off. Of course, they are entitlement programs, we have paid into them for all our lives while working, and now that we are retired (or disabled) we are entitled to these payments. If you pay an insurance premium for your automobile policy or on a life insurance policy and you get killed in an automobile accident, both policies entitle you or your survivors to payment.
The only reason that they want to "reform" Social Security and Medicare is that they have been using the trust fund assets for years and replacing real cash with I.O.U's and they don't want us to find out about it! Do we look stupid to you? Any member of the Senate or House of Representatives who serves out their term of office receives a much larger pension payment than any Social Security recipient does. If they want to reform something, why not start with that? Plus, they have full medical coverage that is paid for by taxpayers. How about they start paying for their own coverage? Out of their own well padded pockets. And quit picking our pockets!
The next time you hear a politician talk about how Social Security and Medicare need to be "reformed" you or I could write them a letter offering to trade our meager Social Security benefit check for their more well endowed pension check and see if they'll trade. A special tip to those in Washington, D.C., who think that the Social Security beneficiaries are just a bunch of old (or disabled) dummies you can mess with. We have been paying our taxes for years (along with your wages and benefits), so think twice before you screw with 50 million of us. 50 million people pissed off at greedy and self-serving politicians is not a pretty sight!