"Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit. Social Security is totally funded by the payroll tax levied on employer and employee. If you reduce the outgo of Social Security, that money would not go into the general fund or reduce the deficit. It would go into the Social
Security Trust Fund. So
SOCIAL SECURITY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BALANCING A BUDGET OR
LOWERING THE DEFICIT."
- Ronald Reagan, 1984