First, a quick history lesson: When Social Security came into existence in the 1930s and the age for drawing it was set at 65, the average life span in the U.S. was FIFTY SIX YEARS. In other words, the government was looking at Social Security as a way to make money for the government in the guise of providing for people.
Having said that, I don't think there's a single person in this country -- if they are honest -- who wants their retirement and "golden years" well-being riding on the whims of the CONgress. NO, the federal government cannot run a good business. There's nothing they do well except screw up. (Case in point: two houses, side by side, hit by flash flooding last year. FEMA gave the one with minimal damage and no water in the basement over $1,300; the one with everything ruined because of four feet of water in the basement got $204.)
Ask a disabled veteran how well the federal government runs his/her health care (I'm a disabled veteran, and I cannot get an appointment to see a specialist dealing with my disability because according to the VA I'm not "disabled enough"). Ask someone who has to spend $200 a month to buy supplemental health insurance how great Medicare is. Ask the poor/uninsured (yes, folks, we ALREADY HAVE A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM FOR THE UNINSURED) how well Medicaid works.