It may depend on who wins the White House. The next administration will have a big job ahead given that in 2017 the system begins paying out more than it collects in payroll taxes and the famed trust fund is projected to run dry in 2041.
Money Magazine canvassed the leading candidates and found the talking points familiar: mostly "privatization" (allowing workers to divert some Social Security payroll tax to private investment accounts) vs. hiking the wages subject to payroll tax (now $102,000).
But two buzzwords crossed party lines: bipartisan commission. One headed by Alan Greenspan saved Social Security from its last crisis in 1983.