Barack Obama has been making noise about fixing entitlement programs in recent days. It makes sense, given his dedication to "social justice" and the current economic climate. Given that he's still enjoying superstar level popularity and has sizeable majorities in both houses of Congress, this might be his best chance to do so. If he comes up with a grown-up proposal, how the legislature reacts will be a major test of exactly how effective Obama can be. If he gets a grown-up proposal passed, heck, I might even vote for him next time around...
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.