Something needed to be done, yes, but it is the HOW that has taken so many off guard. This plan was set up in a HEAVILY government, centrally controlled manner and is so far from free market that it came as a shock to all who understand it's serious implications.
It seems clear that you have not looked at the 1965 entitlement which made much of what you complain about a fait daccompli long before this bill. You are correct we bear the responsibility for our choices, but blame can not be laid on the current administration for a battle lost in the 60s. If you were around at that time I hope you caused a fuss.
This bill was vote pandering that will yield little benefit to the republicans but will leave huge burdens to their kids. Pathetic and very poorly thought out.
I agree, but I point out that the privatization mechanism might be the key to ultimately dismantling it. If Gore had been elected, youd have had the bill without privatization.