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"Social Security is supposed to be a retirement plan, NOT AN ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM!"


Where did you ever get that idea? Social Security was not set up to be a pension system, but a means to reduce and hopefully end poverty among the elderly by providing supplemental income.
The system was designed so that each generation of workers would help support the prior generation; a social contract, which is why it is called Social Security.
For sound political reasons, the program was made universal -- in that all those who retired (and are by definition elderly) would have access to that supplemental income regardless of financial need.


You may disagree on philosophical grounds as to whether we should have such a contract, but that is the system we have now and the debate is about how we can best manage it.
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