I don't have anything juicy right now. :-)
How about a rant?
When SS was setup in the 1930s, average life expectancy in the USA was just under 60 years.
By the time SS started paying out in 1940, it had risen to 62.9 years (and you couldn't start collecting until 62).
The average life expectancy in the USA now is nearly 80.
(Life Expectancy at Birth by Race and Sex, 1930–2010 — Infoplease.com )
So average life expectancy has raised by nearly 20 years since SS was first setup, but eligibility has raised by only 3 years, along with a sliding window so if you wait until age 68, you get almost 50% more per month.
Obviously, the way to fix SS and medicare is to raise the eligibilty age by one year every-other-year for the next FORTY YEARS.
Sorry if you're reading this as a non-US citizen whose social retirement programs are entirely solvent and not bankrupting their country's economy. Oh, wait - they nearly all are, and need to be fixed in that same way. It's a nice thought being able to retire at age 50 and never work again, but if you haven't saved up to pay your own way until age 80 when SS should kick in (and beyond, preferrably), it's not realistic to expect your kids and their kids to pay for that.