The negative portrayal of Social Security had not just happened, and was never realistic. Initially, Social Security was portrayed as "one leg of a three-legged stool." Company pensions and personal savings were the others. Now, that metaphor fails. Personal savings are negative, and companies continue to withdraw from pensions. Only Social Security remains.
Today's realities are that we need Social Security, we need reinstatement of the student benefit, and we can ensure the program is here for our children and grandchildren with a few minor changes that a large majority of Americans agree with. Congress: We know you hear us, but are you really listening?