I could never quite figure out how/why partial privatization of Social Security ever got to be such a "conservative" idea (I mean, other than the fact that a Republican President, President Bush, came forward with it). a) You make it partial (33% perhaps to start). b) You make it voluntary (people will be free to stay in the present program). And c) you put in a sufficient number of safeguards (at age 55, for example, X amount has to be in short-term bond funds, at age 60 X+1, at age 65 X+2, etc.). What, pray tell, is the ever-loving problem here? I mean, seriously - does the solution to literally EVERY problem have to be a conventional one (not to mention one that grows the Leviathan, the bureaucracy, etc.)?