If one really digs deep and learns the true origin of these social programs, he/she will find that they were created during the Great Depression to fund the government to help pay for all of its other programs, which also failed as long-term solutions. The age of requirement back in the 30s was above life expectancy, the administration and Congress didn't expect many to draw from it because they would die beforehand. Why do you think they keep raising the age? Life expectancy is extended. Therefore, the requirement age is extended.
I'm 41 years old, and due to genetics, lifestyle and career choices, I won't live to see 65, 67 or 70 years of age. My own doctor said 11 years ago that I wouldn't live to see 50, and I'd be lucky to see 40. I don't whine about that. I accept it. That is why I am more concerned about the overall economy and not specific programs.
The current administration, which I did not vote for, promises "Forward", but it has only gone backward at a rate worse than this nation has ever seen before. Big government and social programs do not fix the problems. Piling more money onto failing systems is not the fix, only salt on the wound.
Government has a budget and balance sheets and other financial statements just like private sector corporations. This president has never run a business. He's a community activist. He only knows to take money. He knows nothing of making (re "earning") money. Our nation's credit rating and "stock" has plummeted, and he's asking the "stockholders" (citizens) to accept more stock dips and keep his job, while borrowing more and more from our economical enemies, which could seriously affect our national security and leave us looking at the threat of communist citizenship. As a Navy vet, I cannot accept that without a fight.
Furthermore, from what I've read of Ryan's debt-reducing plan, those that receive these social benefits now, or within the next ten years, will not be effected by it. Their benefits will not change.Those that might be effected by it will have the option to choose the current style or a more privatized or voucher program.
In the end, when government gets its hand on something, it usually falters. Health care will get worse now, and it's already bad enough with lazy and stupid doctors. Keep government out of our lives, and we'll be better off and happier for it.