We the People have paid into SS for our entire working lives. It was withheld from our paychecks. That money was put into a trust fund, to be paid out after retirement to the working people of the nation to help them in their later years.
* The Trust was designed to be solvent and growing essentially forever. It was untouchable except for payments to retirees over 62 and those disabled by injury.
* The government looked at all this money and decided to take most of it for wars and pork and replace it with paper promises to pay it back, someday. Obviously, the promises were not worth the cost of the paper to print it. Instead, SS became excoriated as an "entitlement" a government giveaway to lazy people who were no longer working.
* The government would like nothing better than to get rid of SS, or farm it out to the banksters who have fouled the economy probably beyond redemption.
* That way, they could burn the paper and not worry about having to pay it back to the Trust. Meanwhile, they figure we are making enough through this "entitlement" and have capped it at its current low rate. Everything is rigged to calculate us as wealthy and greedy for more.
* My wife and I are in our late 70's, depending on a small 1991 pension and two very small SS checks. We get by, but have to watch everything like hawks. Others are in far worse shape than us, trying to subsist, after a lifetime of work and contributions, on a SS check every month of three or four hundred dollars, out of which comes food, rent and medicine.
* I'm sure the government would like nothing better than to have those reaching retirement age get a notice thanking them for their service, directing them to turn their belongings in to the state and report to the Soylent Green recycling station to do their final service to the nation.
* "Tastes like chicken."