Any tea party type that also supports ‘paid into it entitlements’ which means, all entitlements, isn’t really a conservative.
It’s ‘I paid into a government program so dammit I’m going to collect’ thinking that is the heart of socialism. Social security and medicare and obamacare are all the same beast.
You’ll see people saying ‘I paid into obamacare and I deserve all the free treatment I can get’ talk by ‘convservatives’ within 10 years guaranteed.
Sadly, Social Security was an enforced contract, but it is NOT an unearned ‘entitlement’ by virtue of simply being a US citizen.
Benefits should be distributed only to those who have made contributions and proportionately so. Much like a private annuity.
Once again, the government has treated SS as a grab bag, by adding ineligibles to; and deducting funds from the design to render it actuarially dysfunctional.