Sometimes things like this really irk me. From http://opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110009222" Then, later in that same article, we get Just how stupid can editorials get? The Medicare debacle began life as precisely the same sort of "reform" they wanted to apply to Social Security. Thank god that effort went down in flames. I dread to think where it might otherwise have wound up. [edited to add] Just the increase in the cost of Medicare from the "reform" was greater than the entire Social Security problem is now.