They're certainly political non-starters because of the significant portion of the country who has the (false) J.G. Wentworth understanding of the programs ("It's my money and I want it now!"). But I suspect the difference is largely a generational one. My impression is that I am significantly younger than most of this board. And I'm operating under the working assumption that I won't get much in the way of SS or Medicaid, because they aren't sustainable programs. So for those who have spent a lifetime paying in based on the false idea that you were saving your money for retirement through a government program, I get that perspective. But from my perspective, Social Security and Medicaid are little more than taxes that I am paying to fund services for current old people. I'm personally okay paying those taxes, but it probably merits a conversation as to the sustainability of the programs given that, as the percent of population who are old people increases, the tax base to fund those services is going to necessarily get more and more stretched.