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...and you have just turned Social Security into a welfare program.
No, "means testing" is the first step to destroying the program, that is unless you think "welfare" is suddenly going to take on a shiny patina that it doesn't seem to have at the moment.

Oddly enough, FDR knew this and that's exactly why he had SS set up the way it is. He in fact said that if SS was something other that "pay in when you are working and get a check when you retire", then people would (rightly) call it welfare and would disdain it. Not being means- tested was a critical part of Social Security.

Of course, means testing will be the death-knell of SS. People will realise that they pay 15% of their salary into SS and will get means-tested out of receiving anything when they retire, and revolt. (OF course, young people already know that SS won;t be there for them when they retire. Making it explicit by assing meas-testing will kill it.)

SS is already hanging by a thread. Adding means-testing will break it.
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