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"1) The Social Security program should be part of the federal budget. Income tax rates should be set at whatever level we feel is equitable among tax brackets in order to fund social security and the rest of the budget."

I'm afraid if we include SS in with the Federal budget, the special interests (those receiving SS and the congressional "tell-me-what-you-want-and-I'll-get it-for-you-if-you-re-elect-me" folks) would raid our wallets even more. At least now with FICA and Medicare contributions broken out in my pay stub, I can see how much goes where.

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