We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
End new entrants to Social Security, remove the medical subsidies and entitlements via a block-grant to the States and then phase them out over 5 years, the clean-sheet the tax code to get a single tax rate for all Americans, remove all deductions and benefits from the code, and proportionately reduce that under the poverty line so that each and every working American has a stake in the US government. In addition clean-sheet government starting with just the few functions of the Treasury, Mint, Commerce, Defense, Coast Guard, and any interstate laws not connected to a federal agency (such as kidnapping, wire fraud and such).
All other government agencies and quasi-government entities would be abolished, and the postal system put into a standards carrier system to which any carrier could apply for pick-up and delivery service so long as they abided by a system neutral concept for exchange of packages. We can pay for those already in Social Security through higher taxes, but Social Security, itself, must go as a concept. States are better able to gauge the need for their poor for health care, and by removing the cost overhead of the current system, prices across the board for health care will drop. State and local systems already duplicate many of the large scale systems at more sustainable and accountable levels and removing the duplicate work that is 'One Size Fits All, Fits None Well' from the federal side will allow for leaner and better crafted systems to take over at the State and local levels.
Or we just continue on the road we are on and wait for the collapse. After a few years of playing Road Warrior and Escape from New York, the survivors (conservatives) put together a new government that never makes an "entitlement" payment, ever.
The first thing that needs to go is corporate tax. It is simply a hidden consumption tax that needs to come out into the light of day. If people had any idea how much tax they were really paying there would be change.
Don't be fooled by the media and politicians. The Social Security retirement system is solvent and does not spend more then it takes in. The medicare system and medicare part D are in financial trouble. In addition the federal government over the last 50 years has taken about $4 trillion out of the SS retirement system and given them notes on that money. when and if the SS retirement system does go in the red then they can call in those notes. Do not get fooled by this ploy, the politicians want to sieze more of your money and SS is their target. The federal government spends about $1.2 trillion a year for welfare. Welfare is NOT a self supporting system like the SS retirement system is and it is programs like welfare that are creating the deficit not the SS retirement system.