I guess you missed this comment
Even Perry isn't suggesting that SS was intended as a Ponzi Scheme.
Or maybe it wasn't clear.
I don't believe, for a second, that the original intent of Social Security was to fleece future young Americans.
Somewhere along the line it has taken on the attributes of a Ponzi Scheme.
This has happened because legislators, Repub and Dem alike, have raided the SS trust fund to pay for programs intended to get them re-elected, and because as a nation we have spent ourselves into a huge hole, that even now we may not be able to climb out of.
Even if all discretionary government spending was eliminated, it wouldn't be enough to get us out of this mess.
SS (along with Medicare) has to be reformed.
Actually the reforms should begin with current recipients and those of us who will soon be entitled to benefits, but that isn't going to happen. Paul Ryan stepped around that political mine field and so will all of the current Republican candidates...including Rick Perry. In fact Perry said as much during the debate.
So who are left with bearing the impact of reforms?
If I were in my mid 40's I would kicking the dog over the fact that despite the many years of paying FICA it is very likely that I will be the first age group that can expect diminished benefits.
Foks in there early 40's and younger probably don't think about SS enough, or don't expect it to be around for them, to have it be a main driver of their votes.
I'm 57 and so I have 8 years before I qualify for benefits. The system won't completely tank before then, unless other economic forces of disaster are at play, and so I'm reasonably sure I will be entitled to the same benefits my father was entitled to. There is no way in Hell, though that my kids are going to be entitled to the same benefits.
The first no-brainer that I don't think even liberals will fight for long is raising the retirement age, and I don't expect them to mount any sort of opposition to means testing as the only people this will piss off are the affluent.
Part of the difficulty with reform is that the Democrats are so heavily counting on it as a political weapon to be used against Republicans, that they are going to have a very hard time getting pass their "No Changes" stance. There will be no reform until after the 2012 elections, and too many people will be grandfathered in in order to make it possible even then.